VF expects to have Chem-IQ in place at all tier-one factories in 2015

VF expects to have Chem-IQ in place at all tier-one factories in 2015

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has launched its chemical management programme designed to identify and eliminate potentially harmful chemicals in the supply chain.

Chem-IQ was developed in collaboration with third-party organisations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Modern Testing Services, and has been launched to coincide with VF's first comprehensive sustainability report.

The programme provides a "proactive, cost-effective and scalable" method for identifying and eliminating potentially harmful chemicals before they enter the manufacturing process. It is expected to be expanded globally next year.

"VF's Restricted Substances List serves as the basic mechanism to insure our factories are in compliance with local, national and international laws," the company noted. "Using the RSL as a starting point, we are working to continuously improve our approach to responsible chemistry and simplify the process for all of our suppliers. In 2013 we developed Chem-IQ, an innovative, new chemistry programme that will advance responsible chemical management throughout our supply chain."

The Chem-IQ programme was piloted at select factories in Turkey, Mexico and Los Angeles in 2013 before being rolled out to all factory locations in China in 2014. To date, the company has screened around 1,000 chemicals from 102 factories and successfully removed 68 tons of non-preferred chemicals from its supply chain.

"Going forward, we expect to have Chem-IQ fully in place at all of our tier-one factories, globally, in 2015. As we roll out the programme across our supply chain, we will continue to work with our suppliers and external partners to seek ways to further strengthen our commitment to responsible chemistry. We will also share what we learn with industry groups to improve industry-wide environmental, health, safety and product performance."

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