about US

Who we are

We are committed to safeguarding our planet by phasing out hazardous chemicals from the textile, apparel, leather and footwear value chains. We facilitate radical collaboration across the industry, by engaging  global brands, chemical formulators, manufacturing suppliers, and many other key stakeholders. Together, we pave the way to detoxing the fashion industry.

What

Mission

Our Mission is to lead our global value chains to achieve the highest standards for sustainable chemical management, driving resource efficiency and circularity. 

WHY

Vision

Our Vision is to create a world where better chemistry leads to the protection of life, land, air, and water.

WHERE

2030 Goal

is that “100% of chemical formulations used in the ZDHC Community ⓘ and 70% of chemical formulations used in the global industry ⓘ will conform ⓘ to the ZDHC MRSL by 2030”.

why we get up in the morning

Preserving our planet

We believe in a world where things are made without harmful chemicals. Consumer demands can be met without depleting natural resources. Our goal is to make that happen. We connect, innovate and empower to change how products are made. Together we can protect the place we call home.

how we do what we do

Moving forward - together

Collaboration is fundamental to our work. We've built a global ecosystem to bring organisations together. Our solutions and guidelines transform how chemicals are used. Our community spreads knowledge and ideas throughout the world. We want safer products to be the norm - everywhere.

the impact of our work

A better future

By empowering every point of the value chain towards safer manufacturing, we are building a new status quo. Our dynamic, determined community helps to reduce the industry's environmental footprint. Step-by-step, we want to build a better future for everyone.

What

Our mission

Our Mission is to lead our global value chains to achieve the highest standards for sustainable chemical management, driving resource efficiency and circularity. 

why

Our vision

Our Vision is to create a world where better chemistry leads to the protection of life, land, air, and water.

roadmap

Our roadmap

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme outlines our activities into the future. It provides a clear path to the safer outputs we all want to see. Key stakeholders helped to create this roadmap, so we know we are on the right track.

The beginning
Starting out

In 2011 it all began. The industry had been challenged to transform and it was time for new ideas. Our first 6 Signatory Brands  committed to a joint roadmap, one that would transform their value chains. Work continued and in 2014 the first ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) was released. Since then  guidelines and solutions have been created and implemented throughout the industry.

today
Infinite mission

By now we're a global community with over 160 contributors. We've shifted the industry's mindset, from a focus on testing the final product, to managing input chemistry. The groundwork has been done, we have created a roadmap to advance towards the phase-out of hazardous substances. Now we accelerate progress towards our ultimate goals: cleaner water, cleaner air, and safer production.

growth and progress
Momentum

The momentum will continue as we expand globally, innovate, and constantly improve our solutions. Updated versions are in play for the Wastewater Guidelines, the Chemical Management System, and the ZDHC MRSL. And there is more to come, with new Air Emission Guidelines on the horizon. We've even started looking beyond chemicals, growing the programme to cover man-made cellulosic fibres.

sharing and connecting
Convergence

We know that connecting and supporting everyone's efforts scales up the impact. So the work continues to align manufacturers and brands around the ZDHC MRSL. This accelerates progress all round by reducing duplicated efforts. We also want to engage with neighbouring supply chains. This will help to tackle cross contamination from other industry segments sharing manufacturing facilities.

bigger impact
Scaling

Our impact continues to grow in line with our increasing global footprint. The Signatory Brand Leader Programme has gained momentum and will continue to do so. We know that joint implementation is the key to success. With that in mind we will continue creating a supportive ecosystem, one that helps organisations to implement for purpose, while supporting an increased demand for safer chemistry.

the future
Education

Our work has been publicly noted for helping to make a significant improvement. But we won't stop there, our team are in this for the long term. We will continue educating the value chain to drive good chemical management beyond our community. Publicly available guidelines, training courses and international networking are some of the tools we use to spread the word and grow the impact.

HOW

The Roadmap to Zero Programme

The Roadmap to Zero Programme is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiative that works with various stakeholders in the fashion industry to phase out hazardous chemicals from the global value chain of fashion.

Organised around three interlinked focus areas, Input, Process and, Output, it comprises in-depth guidelines, tools and educational modules and progressive leader programmes. Together, they facilitate and map the implementation of the programme and form a mutually supportive community. At present, our Committed Community numbers over 320 ZDHC Signatories, and is devoted to our collective vision of creating a world in which better chemistry leads to the protection of life, land, air and water.

Our Leaders to Zero programmes are designed to accelerate the adoption of our Roadmap to Zero Programme for each type of stakeholder (Brands, Suppliers, Chemical Formulators). Together, the structurally interlinked leader programmes foster ever increasing interaction between Brands, Suppliers and Chemical Formulators. Much like a flywheel, they create a dynamic and vital culture of change.

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HOW

The Roadmap to Zero Programme

The Roadmap to Zero Programme is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiative that works with various stakeholders in the fashion industry to phase out hazardous chemicals from the global value chain of fashion.

Organised around three interlinked focus areas, Input, Process and, Output, it comprises in-depth guidelines, tools and educational modules and progressive leader programmes. Together, they facilitate and map the implementation of the programme and form a mutually supportive community. At present, our Committed Community numbers over 320 ZDHC Signatories, and is devoted to our collective vision of creating a world in which better chemistry leads to the protection of life, land, air and water.

Our Roadmap to Zero Impact Leaders programmes are designed to accelerate the adoption of our Roadmap to Zero Programme for each type of stakeholder (Brands, Suppliers, and Chemical Formulators). Together, the three structurally interlinked leader programmes foster an ever increasing interaction between Brands, Suppliers and Chemical Formulators. Much like a flywheel, they create a dynamic and vital culture of change.

Our Journey

With our 2030 Impact Strategy, we are now spearheading an extensive approach to intensify our global impact within the fashion industry.

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manifesto

Our manifesto

We Believe

In the preservation of our planet
That production and nature can co-exist
That there is a new way forward

We Unite

Connecting people in one holistic effort
Building a strong, collaborative ecosystem
Changing the model together

We share

Being accessible and open
Sharing our knowledge for the common good
Spreading great ideas and best practice

We Do

Reinventing how products are made
Making safe chemicals the norm
To create long-lasting change

We Act

People will always follow fashion
Will always love new products
So let’s do it better

ZDHC COMMITTED COMMUNITY

Our Signatories

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Team

Meet our people

Annie Francis
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Elisa Monica Gavazza
Quality Management & Assurance Director
Frank Michel
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Janne Koopmans
Collaborations Director
Klaas Nuttbohm
Implementation Director
Lydia Lin
Regions Director
Nina Bendias
Business Operations Director
Prasad Pant
Competence Centres Director
Scott Echols
Chief Impact Officer (CIO)

Regional management

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Alisa Münsterberg
Marketing & Events Manager
Andrew Hoy Mades
Senior Communications Project Management Associate
Andy Chan
Supplier to Zero Product Director
Asawari Puranik
Senior Customer Support Associate
Ashley Thompson
Senior Communications Associate
Astrid Lyssens
Senior Implementation Associate
Claudia Haverman
Implementation Hub Manager
Cristina Ameijenda Marcos
Stakeholder Manager
Crystle Ying
Product & Process Manager
Dina Lipp
Sector Engagement Manager
Dipali Mandar Thakur
Customer Support Associate
Elisangela Rodrigues de Alencar
Human Resources Manager
Elsa Liu
Customer Support & Regions Associate
Eniko Toth
Business Enablement Manager
Francesca Gruni
Implementation Manager
Geert van den Hoek
Implementation Manager
Hein Willem Blokland
Business Developer
Helen Longmuir
Technical Writer
Ilaria Pellizzaro
Implementation Associate
Jon Brookins
Junior Financial Controller
José Pedro Maçorano Santos
Data & Business Analyst
José Ribeiro
Financial Controller
Jyoti Chaudhari
Administration Associate
Katya Komlach
Senior Gateway Platform Associate
Marcelo Lobo
Country Manager - Brazil
Mariella Noto
Academy Director
Marina Galhardi
Senior Roadmap to Zero Delivery Project Associate
Marina Homsi
Office & Business Operations
Maryna Zhylianina
Legal Associate
Philip Chung
Implementation Manager
Pushkar Shejwalkar
Sustainable Chemical Management Technical Manager
Răzvan Oltean
Senior Marketing & Communications Manager
Saket Kulkarni
Implementation Manager - South Asia Region
Shariq Khan
Head Of Fundraising
Shinne Li
Senior Implementation Manager - East Asia Region
Sinem Akkocaoğlu
Country Manager-Türkiye
Smita Prasad Bait
Fibres & Material Technical Manager
Stefania Dal Corso
Programme and Solution Quality Assurance Manager
Tejas Edvankar
Technical Manager- Water Competence Centre
Umesh Kore
Sustainable Chemical Management Technical Associate
Valentin Jully
Systems & Solutions Manager
Vanessa Schulz
Senior Product Manager
Victoria Orlianges
Senior Legal Counsel
Abhishek Bansal
Secretary, Manufacturer Category Seat
Beatriz Baeza
Brand Category Seat
Dr Mark Sumner
Academia Category Seat
Francesco Pianca
Board Chair, Brand Category Seat
Joe Little
Brand Category Seat
Mia Gunawan
Brand Category Seat
Michael Costello
Chemical Supplier Category Seat
Nasim Mullen
Brand Category Seat
Nick Farrar
Brand Category Seat
Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis
Treasurer, Brand Category Seat
Sharika Senanayake
Manufacturer Category Seat
Wolfgang Schumann
Chemical Formulator Category Seat
June 2022

Impact report

Understand how ZDHC has helped to create a paradigm shift in the apparel and footwear industry and laid the groundwork for sustainable chemical management.