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May 21, 2020

ZDHC sets out framework for industry unity

The ZDHC Foundation, which is working to reduce the textile and clothing industry's chemical footprint, has released a two-part framework designed to provide companies with a united base to work from.

By Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Foundation, which is working to reduce the textile and clothing industry’s chemical footprint, has released a two-part framework designed to provide companies with a united base to work from.

The CMS Framework can be incorporated into a wider management system, such as an Environmental Management System (EMS). It is part one of the two-part structure of the ZDHC Chemical Management System. One part is the ZDHC CMS Framework that lays out the minimum components of a CMS. The other is the ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide, which will cover the implementation of a CMS in the supply chain.

“It provides a critical link between controlling input chemistries and monitoring outputs,” says Scott Echols, ZDHC programme director. “This assists the supply chain in bringing a chemical management programme to life and promotes responsible chemical use by a facility or brand. We are grateful to all those active in the collaboration, who worked to develop this important framework.”

Veera Sinnemaki, H&M sustainability programme manager, chemical, adds: “The alignment of tools such as chemical management systems ensures we all implement and follow the same clear guidelines making sure we have same core elements of chemical management system.”

ZDHC says the framework will be a key support for the entire industry as organisations all along the value chain adapt to the pressing need for good chemical management and strive to protect their business into the future.

“The CMS Framework will link to the CMS Technical Industry Guide, which is coming soon,” says Prasad Pant, ZDHC South Asia Director. “Both documents support the holistic implementation of a chemical management system in a textile or leather manufacturing facility and also help those to engage more effectively with the ZDHC Supplier to Zero Programme.”

Last month, ZDHC expanded the scope of its work to cover fibre production, with an initial focus on viscose and modal.

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