The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation is hoping to scale up chemical and environmental management in the textile, apparel, footwear and leather industries via a new hub, signalling a new phase for the group.
Incorporated in the Netherlands with global activities, the ‘Implementation Hub’ is designed to act as a vehicle to drive continuous improvements and progress around ZDHC-centric topics. It will build regional and local capabilities and an international eco-system of accredited experts.
Specific services will be deeply anchored in the respective country context to assure the strongest impact in supply chains.
ZDHC has been driving its Roadmap to Zero Programme to try and lead the industry towards zero discharge and the use of more sustainable chemistry.
The new hub will offer baselining, strategy setting and implementation services for brands, retailers and manufacturers, conducted by leading industry experts that are accredited by ZDHC to ensure “the highest level of competency and quality,” the group says.
There will be a platform to find and match these accredited experts for chemical and environmental management projects. And it will act as a piloting environment for large-scale implementation projects.
“The Implementation Hub is a natural progression as we enter the next phase of the ZDHC journey towards large-scale implementation driving global impact,” says Frank Michel, executive director at ZDHC.
“It is an essential element to help implement and drive continuous improvements. This setup will allow us to translate our programme excellence into global value chain impact, to further strengthen industry expertise and to deepen alliances at country level.”
ZDHC says it has tripled the number of contributors to the programme over the past two years and continues to gain momentum and uptake on a global scale. The hub, it adds, will help drive this further.
“By launching the Implementation Hub, we are coming full circle at ZDHC: from a leading programme with forefront industry guidance and innovative tools, to a global training academy to build knowledge and skills, and now to integrated and accredited services available to the entire industry community,” adds Dr Christina Raab, implementation director at ZDHC, and responsible for the ZDHC Implementation Hub.
The Hub’s first projects will begin in January with individual ZDHC signatory brands, and at country level with an initial focus on Italy, India and China.