ZDHC & SAC Manufacturer Forum 2017

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ZDHC Mini Academy

The Importance of Chemical Management

The main objective of this page is to create a place where participants can easily find links to the information and tools referenced at the ZDHC afternoon session at the 2017 Manufacturer Forum.

After Planet Textiles on May 24th, SAC and ZDHC meet global manufacturers as they co-host the 2017 Manufacturer Forum on May 25th. This is the first time ZDHC engages with a significant profile in the Indian textile, leather and footwear sector.

The first half of the Forum includes insights shared by SAC, including an overview of key SAC programmes and updates as well as discussions on the value, usage and benefits of the Higg Index as a strategic business tool.

The afternoon is dedicated to ZDHC and chemical management, which is the number one topic of interest for manufacturers. We are delivering an exciting, interactive agenda for the afternoon, which has been designed to bring ZDHC tools to life for participants.

At 17:30, please join us after the Forum at the cocktail reception in the Grand Ballroom. Guests will network with colleagues and industry professionals and the ZDHC team will be delighted to talk with you there.


The ZDHC Academy

In December 2016, ZDHC launched the ZDHC Academy. The ZDHC Academy, powered by the FTA Academy, is designed to empower brands, chemical suppliers, manufacturers and other intermediaries to receive certified training to improve their knowledge and practice of responsible chemical management and to implement tools such as the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) and the Wastewater Guidelines.

The training sessions are delivered by ZDHC Accredited Training Providers and are developed to meet the training needs of the textile, leather and footwear value chain. The sessions on offer cover fundamental level training - an Introduction to Chemical Management, and guidance on the implementation of ZDHC tools for brands, chemical suppliers, manufacturers and other intermediaries. The ZDHC Academy will expand with additional courses and e-learning possibilities to support the implementation of ZDHC standards and tools, as they are rolled out.

To reach as many learners as possible, we offer courses in a range of countries and local languages. Sessions are currently available in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam and Italy. Learners can search for sessions; register; download pre-workshop material and contact trainers directly, to enhance the learning experience. After successful completion of the online exam, learners can download a certificate of completion.

How to sign up:

  1. Register via the ZDHC Academy:

  2. Once you’re signed up there are different ways to see and choose from upcoming training sessions:

    • On the home page, click on the blue Register here Button.

    • On the home page, scroll down and you will find Course categories. If you click on the category you are interested in, you find a list with all upcoming sessions

    • In the menu at the top of the page, click on Calendar.

  3. Select the session of your choice

  4. To register, click on Sign up for this session. You don’t have to fill out any additional information, as this information will be taken from your account, e.g. your email address.

  5. When signing up you are first asked to pay a registration fee for the ZDHC Academy platform that will allow you to enter/use the platform and to receive a Certificate of Compliance after following a training session. When clicking on a specific session you will also be requested to pay for the actual Face-to-Face training session with the Training Provider.

For more information, please take a look at the ZDHC Academy FAQs.


The first course on offer is an Introduction to Chemical Management in the textile and footwear industry. This course is aimed at factory managers and other personnel responsible for dyeing, printing, chemical purchasing, ETP, EHS, quality assurance as well as sustainability. It is particularly helpful for people who work at wet processing facilities (such as a dyehouse, printing, laundries and tanneries) or those working in a similar capacity within the textile and footwear industries.

Get more information here or sign up directly via the ZDHC Academy.

ZDHC - Introduction to Chemical Management Modules

  • Module 1 - Introduction
  • Module 2 - Hazards and Risks
  • Module 3 - Labelling Communication
  • Module 4 - Chemistry Storage
  • Module 5 - Environmental Impact Mitigation Measures

The ZDHC Gateway - Chemical Module

The ZDHC Gateway delivers the largest database of safer sustainable chemistry in the textile, leather and footwear industry. It is a simple, online search tool that shows the level to which a chemical buyer can be confident a product conforms with the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)

Information on how to register:  

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Want to become a ZDHC Contributor?

The ZDHC Programme is a collaboration of 23 signatory brands, 27 value chain affiliates and 13 associates. The Programme is open to organisations of many different sizes and types and there are various contribution levels for organisations involved in the textile, leather and footwear industries. If you would like to contribute and actively influence the development and implementation of ZDHC tools please consider joining us. You can also talk to one of our team at the ZDHC exhibition table, or at any of the networking opportunities during the event.

Are you interested in knowing more about joining us as a Contributor?

For further information click here.

You can also email us at and we gladly send you more information with all the key details you need to know.

ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)

  • ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) Version 1.1

ZDHC Wastewater Documents

  • ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines
  • ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines FAQ