ZERO DISCHARGE OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

Adidas Group, C&A, Li Ning, Nike and PUMA partner to reach Zero Discharge by 2020
In November 2011, adidas Group, C&A, H&M, Li Ning, NIKE, Inc. and PUMA released a joint roadmap towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) in the supply chain by 2020. It is an ambitious plan, one that sets a new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry. The roadmap includes specific commitments and timelines to realize this shared goal. These commitments include:

 
  • Jointly communicating the mission of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals to all suppliers beginning immediately
  • Conducting pilot projects at major, vertically integrated and materials suppliers between 2011 and 2013 to better understand scope of use and discharge of hazardous chemicals
  • Verifying that nine classes of hazardous or persistent chemicals are not currently used
  • Initiating an inventory of all chemicals used in apparel manufacturing by the end of 2012
  • Disclosing the results of all pilots and studies undertaken as part of this commitment
  • Reporting regularly and publicly on our progress against this commitment (quarterly in 2012, annually from 2013 to 2020)
 

The joint roadmap is a living document: it will continue to be refined as we gain additional intelligence and insights through our initial pilots and research, as well as our collaboration with other brands and stakeholders. We commit to reviewing and updating the roadmap at least annually and making the results public.

In releasing the roadmap, we have asked SustainAbility to solicit feedback from a key group of stakeholders over the next six weeks. In addition, we are also accepting comments from the public through December 31, 2011. All comments can be directed to ztdi@sustainability.com. Based on the feedback, we will consider refining the roadmap in 2012.

Tackling and achieving the goal of zero discharge is a complex challenge – one that our brand collaboration cannot solve alone. Our vision is that the roadmap serves as a benchmark and that many more brands join us in our efforts. Ultimately, we want and need a broad array of participants to partner with us in this endeavor – chemical suppliers, academics, NGOs, textile experts, entrepreneurs, policy makers and others. We understand that we are setting out to change the way apparel and footwear is manufactured, globally, and are thus casting our net wide for the best ideas and solutions.

We have achieved our first milestone. On September 26 to 28, 2011 we met with over 30 brands, chemical companies and other experts in a workshop which forged this roadmap. Such engagements will continue as we develop and deliver against an industry standard for zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the supply chain.

In publishing this roadmap, adidas Group, C&A, H&M, Nike, Li Ning and Puma call on others in the global apparel and footwear industry to join us in this vital undertaking, which has one aim: to safeguard the environment for future generations.

ZDHC Third Quarter Progress Report 2013
On 16 September 2013, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) coalition brands – adidas group, C&A, Esprit, G-Star Raw, Gap Inc., H&M, Inditex, Jack Wolfskin, Levi Strauss & Co., Limited Brands, Li Ning, M&S, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., NIKE, Inc., PUMA SE, and PVH Corp. – released the 2013 Third Quarter Progress Report. We are pleased to share this progress report, the first update subsequent to the release of the Joint Roadmap, Version 2, in June 2013. Achievements during the past three months include the completion of a draft prioritization framework, hazardous chemical substance list, and generic audit protocol and pilot testing, as well as co-hosting a large symposium on chemicals in the textile industry in Beijing with the China National Textile and Apparel Council. You can view the quarterly progress report at www.roadmaptozero.com/programme-documents.php.

Joint Roadmap
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PUMA Roadmap
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On June 11, 2013, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group released the Joint Roadmap, Version 2. We are pleased to share this ambitious plan that sets a new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry. This updated Roadmap builds on the initial 2011 Joint Roadmap and sets out a new plan, incorporating and reflecting comments received from a wide range of stakeholders, including textile industry suppliers and associations, government agencies in Asia, Europe and the United States, non-governmental organisations, international development organisations and the chemical industry. For more information on the ZDHC programme, please visit: www.roadmaptozero.com

Second version of Joint Roadmap
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Restricted Substance List (RSL), Version 03/2013
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With the publication of the joint roadmap, the brands announced a period of stakeholder consultation to gather feedback that they believe will result in a stronger roadmap and help the industry realize this ambitious goal. The brands asked SustainAbility Inc. to conduct this consultation on their behalf. The findings of this consultation of 30 individuals representing a variety of stakeholder groups are released here and right beneath this text as a PDF. The findings are not an exhaustive list of every point of feedback raised, nor do they represent consensus. Rather, the document reflects SustainAbility’s perspective on the topics that most frequently and prominently came up in phone conversations and email feedback.

Zero Toxics Discharge Initiative – Key Themes from Stakeholder Consultation, January 27, 2012
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YOUR FEEDBACK IS REQUIRED
The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme members, adidas Group, C&A, Esprit, G-Star Raw, H&M, Inditex, Jack Wolfskin, Levi Strauss & Co., Li Ning, NIKE, Inc., and PUMA SE, issued a draft Joint Roadmap, Version 2, on 4 March 2013 for review and comment. We welcome your comments on this document and thank you in advance for providing feedback. We ask that you complete this web survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZDHCJointRoadmapv2) and provide feedback on the approach and critical sections of the roadmap. Support from and alignment with our stakeholders underpins every aspect of the zero discharge programme and affects every programme project; we cannot achieve true transformation without engagement from many system participants.

PROGRESS REPORTS 2012
ZDHC Releases Inaugural Annual Report
On March 4, 2013, adidas Group, C&A, Esprit, G-Star Raw, H&M, Inditex, Jack Wolfskin, Levi Strauss & Co., Li Ning, NIKE, Inc., and PUMA SE released the 2012 Annual Report. We are pleased to share the inaugural year results of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme in the 2012 Annual Report. The results presented in this report illustrate the focus on results and commitment of the ZDHC community—signatory brands, the textile chemical industry and supply chain industry associations, environmental and social nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), suppliers, and the academic community—during the past year to work towards the goal of zero discharge. You can view the report on

http://www.roadmaptozero.com/progress-reports.php

ZDHC Third Quarter Progress Report 2012
On October 31, 2012, adidas Group, C&A, G-Star Raw, H&M, Levi Strauss and Co., Li Ning, NIKE, Inc., PUMA SE, and Jack Wolfskin today released the 2012 Joint Roadmap Third Quarter Progress Report updating progress toward zero supply chain discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) by 2020.

As part of the ZDHC programme’s commitment to transparency, this report highlights progress as joint roadmap signatories move toward achieving a new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry. You can view the update on
http://www.roadmaptozero.com/progress-reports.php

ZDHC Second Quarter Progress Report 2012
On July 30, 2012, adidas Group, C&A, G-Star, H&M, Li Ning, Levi Strauss & Co., NIKE, Inc. and PUMA released their second quarterly update on the progress achieved in the frame of the Joint Roadmap towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals(ZDHC) in the supply chain by 2020. With now solid Programme administrative features in place and projects kicked off and running, this report highlights the main steps achieved during Q2 2012. You can view the update on
http://www.roadmaptozero.com/progress-reports.php

ZDHC First Quarter Progress Report 2012
On April 24, 2012, adidas Group, C&A, G-Star, H&M, Li Ning, NIKE, Inc. and PUMA released their first update on the progress in implementing the joint roadmap towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) in the supply chain by 2020. As part of the group’s commitment to transparency, this is the first in a regular series of progress updates as the signatories to the joint roadmap move to set a new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry. You can view the update on
http://www.roadmaptozero.com/progress-reports.php
PROGRAMME STATEMENTS

Statement on the Phase-Out of Long Chained Flourinated Chemicals:
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