Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals

PUMA Progress Report 2015

As the first company to sign a Greenpeace Detox commitment, PUMA has manifested its support for the precautionary principle, the elimination of hazardous chemicals and transparency in the supply chain already in 2011. This commitment remains unchanged today and we will continuously report on our progress against our set targets.

1.Phase out of PFCs

As part of our commitment to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals by 2020, we have phased-out the usage of long-chain per- and polyfluorinated Chemicals (PFCS) since 2015. We are also working on replacing all remaining PFCs by the end of 2017.

This phase-out is driven by the PUMA material sourcing teams from all three PUMA product categories, and is realized by our materials suppliers globally in close collaboration with the chemical suppliers.

Despite ongoing challenges to find alternatives with equal performance characteristics, we will be trialing some water repellent fabric based on PFC-free chemistry in our Autumn/Winter 2016 apparel collections. Our accessories and footwear teams follow the lead of apparel and equally work on the 2017 phase-out objective.

2.Disclosure / Waste Water Testing

While usage of safe and clean input chemistry is the pre-condition on a road to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, testing of waste water provides an indication on whether any hazardous substances may have slipped through the input controls or have formed during the production process. Waste water testing can also be used to screen the effectiveness of effluent treatment systems regarding conventional waste water parameters such as BOD, COD, pH, etc.

Therefore, together with other sports brands, we have asked our key suppliers with wet processing facilities to test their waste water for both priority chemicals and conventional parameters and share the results of these tests by uploading them on the platform of the Chinese NGO Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE).

Below we report on waste water testing in 2015 for our 33 largest wet processing facilities covering 82% of Puma’s apparel fabric material volume, our main accessories material suppliers, 61% of the footwear leather material volume, and 69% of the footwear fabric material volume:

Table 1: Web links of the IPE waste water data disclosure

No.

Factory

Country or Region

2015 IPE web page for the disclosed information

1

Shenzhou China

CN

Link

2

Formosa Taiwan

TW

Link

3

Formosa China Changshu

CN

Link

4

Formosa China Zhongshan

CN

Link

5

Formosa VN Dong Nai  

VN

Link

6

Formosa VN Long An

VN

Link

7

Men Chuen Taiwan

TW

Link

8

Men Chuen Vietnam

VN

Link

9

Square Fashion

BD

Link

10

Far Eastern China

CN

Link

11

Far Eastern Taiwan

TW

Link

12

Viyellatex

BD

Link

13

Fu Hsun China

CN

Link

14

Fu Hsun Vietnam

VN

Link

15

Fu Hsun Taiwan

TW

Link

16

DBL

BD

Link

17

Top Star China

CN

Link

18

Top Star Cambodia

CB

Link

19

De Licacy

TW

Link

20

Tong Siang

TH

Link

21

Fulltide

TW

Link

22

Tai Hing

CN

Link

23

Prime Asia China

CN

Link

24

Prime Asia Vietnam

VN

Link

25

Hung Fu

VN

Link

26

Tong Hong China

CN

Link

27

Tong Hong Vietnam

VN

Link

28

Hua Chang

CN

Link

29

Cosmo Zhongshan

CN

Link

30

Cosmo Dongguan

CN

Link

31

Cosmo Haining

CN

Link

32

Mingchia

TW

Link

33

Jiexin

CN

Link

A short summary of the results of the tests can be found in Tables 2, 3 and 4 below.

For selected general waste water parameters, Chinese and Italian waste water discharge standards were used as reference to evaluate the results of the waste water tests. Compliance rates vary from 78% to 100%.

 

Table 2: The statistical result of general waste water parameters:

 

The analysis results for Heavy Metals are listed in Table 3. Chromium VI was not detected in any of the samples. The detection rate ranges from 13% for Mercury to 88% for Zinc.

The compliance rate for nine out of thirteen metals is 100%. For Antimony, Manganese, Copper, and Zinc the compliance rates are 72%, 88%, 91% and 97% respectively.

 

Table 3: The statistical results of Heavy Metals:

 

The analysis results for industry specific hazardous chemical groups are listed in Table 4. Since no national or international waste water standards for these parameters exist, only detection rates are given.

Three pollutants (flame retardants, organotin compounds, and SCCPs) were not detected in any samples. The detection rate of other pollutants ranges from 3% for Chloro-Phenols to 38% for Phthalates.

 

Table 4: The statistical results of industry specific pollutants:

 

In an effort to harmonize waste water testing for both conventional parameters and priority hazardous chemicals, the ZDHC is currently working on a joint Waste Water Guidance for the apparel and footwear industry. PUMA supports this effort and stands ready to pilot the new guidance document once it is released.

FURTHER UPDATES AND REPORTS

ZDHC JOINT ROADMAP UPDATE
2015

The ZDHC Programme has released an update of the Joint Roadmap - a clear and strategic effort to tightly focus programme efforts and resources. The update transitions programme efforts from seven workstreams into four focus areas to strategically support all elements of the supply chain in adopting improved chemical management practices.

This Joint Roadmap update builds on ZDHC successes to date and defines the path forward for the next five years.

Based on lessons learned during implementation, subsequent updates have refined and focused ZDHC efforts to drive momentum towards zero discharge. This stage of collaborative evolution moves the group clearly from the development of foundational tools into the territory of tool implementation.

The goal remains more important than ever, contributing to a cleaner environment and laying the foundation for expanding environmental accountability.

Joint Roadmap Update 2015 (PDF)

For more information please visit: http://www.roadmaptozero.com/joint-roadmap/

 

RENEWED DETOX COMMITMENT
21/November/2014

Aligned with our July 2011 Detox commitment, our next public steps to the elimination of all hazardous chemical use across our global supply-chain are:

 

  1. Public’s Right to Know

PUMA SE will deliver full transparency of our global supply-chain hazardous chemical use via an M-RSL. 

PUMA SE will deliver public reporting of hazardous chemical use across our global supply-chain, starting with:

i. at least 80% of all “wet processes” including China and other ‘developing world’ suppliers across our global supply-chain, by no later than 31 December 2014 reporting via the IPE Detox platform (www.ipe.org.cn/en/pollution/discharge_detox.aspx);

ii. PUMA SE will ensure full details of our complete wet process global supply-chain are always current and publicly available.

 

  1. PFC Elimination

As PUMA SE is fully implementing the precautionary principle, we publicly commit to eliminating all long-chain (i.e. C7, C8 and longer) PFCs (defined as all poly and per – fluorinated substances and their precursors and metabolites) across our global supply-chain by no later than 01 January 2015 (across all products we produce and/or sell[1]). The elimination of all PFCs used in any of the products we produce or sell will be supported by:

i. PUMA SE commits to eliminate any other PFCs (in addition to our elimination of all “long-chain” PFCs) identified in the preceding, above, in any of the products PUMA SE produces and/or sells across our global supply-chain, by no later than 31 December 2017[2];

ii. a rigorous system of control to ensure that no traces of PFCs find their way into our supply chain in line with the above;

iii. work in partnership with our supply chain and other global industry leaders to accelerate the move to environmentally responsible non-PFC technologies.

(PUMA SE footnote 4 (July 2011) Precautionary approach: It means that when scientific evidence suggests a substance may harm the environment or human health, but the type or magnitude of harm is not yet known, a preventative approach towards potentially serious or irreversible damage should be taken, recognizing the fact that such proof of harm may not be possible.)

 

[1] products produced with C7 - or longer chain - PFCs before 01 January, 2015 will still be available for sale - for a limited period - after 31 December 2014

[2] products produced with any shorter chain PFCs (<C7) before 01 January, 2018 will still be available for sale - for a limited period - after 31 December 2017

 

 

PUMA, ADIDAS, C&A, LI NING AND NIKE 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; therefore it was updated in June 2013. For more information on the joint Roadmap Version 2 and the progress of the ZDHC, please visit:

http://www.roadmaptozero.com and
http://www.roadmaptozero.com/joint-roadmap 

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.

 

ZDHC PROGRESS REPORTS

To ensure transparency, the group of Signatory Members report regularly and publicly on the progress against the published roadmap (quarterly in 2012, annually from 2013 to 2020).

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

Quarter 3 Report September 2013

Annual Report 2012

 

PROGRAM DOCUMENTS

On an ongoing basis, the ZDHC group discloses the results of studies undertaken as part of this initiative. These documents are listed on the ZDHC website  (http://www.roadmaptozero.com/programme-documents/) and will be updated as new information becomes available. Among others publications, you can find the ZDHC MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List), Guidance Sheets on Chemical Substances, or Information about Chemical Management Systems Guidance.