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BEPI, ZDHC Programme in landmark deal for green norms
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May '16
Courtesy: ZDHC
Courtesy: ZDHC
The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), a business-driven initiative supporting companies to improve the environmental performance of their global supply chains, and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme, aimed at delivering sustainable chemistry management, are joining forces to leverage their respective synergies and strengths.

Both initiatives have agreed upon a mutual contribution based around cooperation and scale in pursuit of a systemic change on chemical management in the textile and footwear industry, according to a press release by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), a leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains.

As part of these collaborative efforts, BEPI has joined the ZDHC Programme as an Associate Contributor in order to actively support the delivery of the ZDHC mission and roadmap in close collaboration with other ZDHC members. This will involve addressing aspects such as the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), Audit Protocol and Wastewater Quality Standard, but also engaging in the important cross cutting areas of data and training.

This work will allow BEPI to provide its participants with the best practice tools and standards in its soon to be launched Supply Chain Chemical Management module, and thereby support implementation at scale and facilitate common messaging across global textile supply chains.

“The textiles and footwear supply chains require specific chemical management implementation support. Our collaboration with ZDHC is an important step in achieving this and scaling up the industry-leading work of the ZDHC”, said Stuart Harker, BEPI Managing Director.

The BEPI and the ZDHC Programme will also explore the possibility of using the FTA Academy - an online platform providing capacity building activities to FTA members and producers worldwide - to disseminate and share training on chemicals and chemical management across the supply chains of both organisations’ membership. This will be a tremendous opportunity to truly scale awareness and increased knowledge, a vital step to good chemical management in factories worldwide.

"Our vision is to have ZDHC guidelines in responsible chemicals management become the accepted industry standard, and we're excited to be collaborating with BEPI and its network, to further our work, and reach even more actors within the value-chain,” said ZDHC Executive Director Frank Michel.

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