Arvind Limited and TÜV Rheinland are the newest contributors to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme, a collaboration of leading textile and footwear brands working to implement safer chemistry practices to protect consumers, workers and the environment.
Arvind Limited is one of the largest cotton textile manufacturers in the world and is the first textile manufacturer, as well as the first company with its headquarters based in India, to join the Programme. TÜV Rheinland is a global provider of technical, safety, and certification services with its headquarters based in Cologne, Germany. Abhishek Bansal, Chief Sustainability Manager at Arvind Limited says:
"We are happy to join the ZDHC Programme as a contributor and are committed to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from the textile and footwear value-chain. Being a part of ZDHC will help us to reinforce our efforts in this direction."
TÜV Rheinland's Executive Vice President, Business Stream Products, Mr Holger Kunz said:
“As a globally active service provider, we are confronted by the environmental repercussions of current economic policy on a daily basis. Our experience has shown us the possibilities of environmental protection but has also made us aware of its limits. The vision of ZDHC of using best practices for protecting consumers, workers, and the environment are fully aligned with our mission of the promotion of greater quality, safety, and economic efficiency where people, technology and the environment interact, symbolised with the triangle in our logo. We aim to employ TÜV Rheinland Group’s knowledge of the impacts of textile & leather production processes and products in a preventative and foresighted manner.”
By joining the ZDHC Programme as value-chain affiliates, both companies commit to working collaboratively towards the milestones set in the Programme’s Joint Roadmap through active engagement with other brands, retailers and stakeholders.