Leading the textile and footwear industries towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous (ZDHC) Programme takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile and footwear value chain. Learn more about our roadmap here. 

Our goal is to eliminate the use of priority chemicals by focussing on the following areas: Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) & Conformity Guidance, Wastewater Quality, Audit Protocol, Research, Data and Disclosure, and Training.

Learn more about our work by clicking on the icons below, or start your journey here. 


  • Signatory Brands

    adidas Group
    Benetton Group
  • Burberry Group PLC
  • Coop Switzerland
  • F&F
    G-Star Raw C.V.
  • Gap Inc.
  • Inditex
    Jack Wolfskin
  • Kering
    L Brands
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
    Li Ning
  • M&S
    New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
  • NIKE, Inc.
    PVH Corp.
  • Value Chain Affiliates

    ADEC Innovations
    Arvind Limited
  • Coats
  • Everlight Chemical
    Hubei Color Root Technology Co., Ltd.
  • JINTEX Group
    Lanzhou Ketian
  • PolyOne
    PrimeAsia Leather Company
  • SGS
  • Sustainable Down Source, A Division of Down Décor
  • TÜV Rheinland
    Yorkshire Chemicals
  • Zhejiang Longsheng Group Co.,Ltd
    Zhejiang Runtu Co., Ltd.
  • Zhejiang Wanfeng
  • Associates

    Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry
    Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI)
  • China Textile Information Center (CTIC)
    German Fashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V.
  • by Centro Tessile Serico
    Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)


ZDHC deepens its engagement in China by welcoming the China Textile Information Center (CTIC) as its newest associate contributor.

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The ZDHC Programme, today releases its Wastewater Guidelines, a unified expectation on wastewater quality for the entire textile and footwear...

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The issue of hazardous chemicals isn’t new in consumer products. The Romans knew lead was harmful over 2000 years ago.


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