About ZDHC

The ZDHC Foundation oversees the implementation of the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme, a collaboration of major fashion brands, value chain affiliates and associations. Together, we drive the global implementation of safer chemical management practices.

We operate with transparency, using shared values, collaboration and networking to drive change, future-proof the industry, and protect the environment.

Current Organisations Committed to ZDHC:

  • Signatory Brands

  • Benetton Group
    Burberry Group PLC
  • C&A
    Coop Switzerland
  • Esprit
  • G-Star Raw C.V.
    Gap Inc.
  • H&M
  • Inditex
    Jack Wolfskin
  • Kering
    Kmart Australia
  • L Brands
    Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Li Ning
  • M&S
    New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
  • Next
    NIKE, Inc.
  • Primark
  • PVH Corp.
    Sportswear Company S.p.A.
  • Target Corporation
    Tchibo GmbH
  • Value Chain Affiliates

  • CHT Group
  • Covestro
  • DyStar
  • Everlight Chemical
    FGL International SpA
  • Fórmula Surfactantes
    Hubei Color Root Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Huntsman Textile Effects
    INT International Group
  • JAY Chemical Industries Limited
    Jinji dyes
  • JINTEX Group
  • KISCO (Kyung-In Synthetic Corporation)
  • Meghmani Dyes and Intermediates LLP
  • Pulcra Chemicals
  • RUDOLF Group
  • SAMIA S.p.A.
    Siam Pro Group of companies
  • Smit & zoon
  • Sun Wan (台灣三旺)
    Taiwan Surfactant Corp.
  • TANATEX Chemicals b.v.
  • Transfar
  • Yorkshire Chemicals
    Zhejiang Longsheng Group Co.,Ltd
  • Zhejiang Runtu Co., Ltd.
    Zhejiang Wanfeng
  • Associates

    amfori BEPI
  • Asia Dyestuff Industry Federation (ADIF)
    Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry
  • Association TEGEWA
    Associazione Conciatori
  • C&A Foundation
    China Textile Information Center (CTIC)
  • ETAD
    German Fashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V.
  • Gesamtverband der deutschen Textil- und Modeindustrie e. V.
  • Partnership for Sustainable Textiles by Centro Tessile Serico
  • Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
    Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI)
  • The Fiber and Textile Chemicals Technology Division – A Division of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
  • UNIC

    ADEC Innovations
    Bluesign Technologies
    Bureau Veritas Group
  • Centre Testing International (CTI)
    Centrocot SpA
  • Eurofins / BLC
    FITI Testing & Research Institute
    Hermes Hansecontrol Group
  • Hohenstein
    ICEC - The Quality Certification Institute for the Leather Sector
  • Intertek
    Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Center
  • Panta Rei Srl - Water Solutions
    Process Factory srl
  • RITEX Research and Textile Testing Lab
  • Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Pelli e delle materie concianti (SSIP)
    Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS)
    TÜV Rheinland
    UL Consumer & Retail Services
  • Achille Pinto S.P.A.
    Albini Group
  • Arvind Limited
    Asia Pacific Rayon
  • CIEL Textile
  • Covolan Têxtil
    Denim Expert Limited
  • Eastman Exports Global Clothing Pvt Ltd
    Elevate Textiles
  • Envoy Textiles Limited
  • Johnstons of Elgin
  • Lanzhou Ketian
    Lenzing Group
  • Marzotto LAB S.R.L.
  • MAS Capital (PVT) Limited
  • PrimeAsia Leather Company
  • Raymond UCO Denim Pvt Ltd
    Santori Pellami Spa
  • Sateri
    Smart Shirts Limited
  • Sustainable Down Source, A Division of Down Décor
  • Trueway Corp.

A Bit of History

In 2011, the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme began as a coalition of six brands and those brands committed to a Joint Roadmap, in which they outlined their future activities.

In 2014, the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) Version 1 was released, along with Chemical Guidance Sheets. Updated in December 2015, the ZDHC MRSL Version 1.1 also included leather and coated fabrics.

In 2015, the ZDHC Joint Roadmap was updated and ZDHC transitioned to management under a legal entity established in the Netherlands – the ZDHC Foundation. The clearly established vision for the ZDHC Foundation is widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry, driving innovation and best practices in the industry to protect consumers, workers and the environment.

Also in 2015, Focus and Cross Cutting Areas were formed in order to optimise impact and complement the work of other industry associations and non-governmental organisations. In 2017, these focus areas were restructured to enable a more holistic approach and tackle all parts of the global textile, leather and footwear value chain.

How We Work

Each Focus Area includes three important working activities which are fundamental to the aim of driving industry transformation 1) creating aligned, industry endorsed standards and tools, 2) driving effective implementation on the ground and 3) engaging a network of relevant stakeholders which is important in mutually supporting and amplifying change throughout the industry value chain.

1. Standard Setting Guidance

Creating and maintaining ZDHC tools and guidance to achieve acceptance and use of ZDHC tools and processes as industry standards.

2. Collaborative Implementation

Developing and executing action plans to ensure implementation, adoption and widespread industry uptake of ZDHC tools, guidance and services.

3. Engagement

Identifying and engaging with key stakeholders and partners to maintain the credibility of ZDHC approaches and ensure local and global relevance.

Our Mission is to enable the textile, apparel and footwear industries to implement sustainable chemical management best practice across the value chain. Through collaborative engagement, standard setting, and implementation, we will advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.

Our Vision is the widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry, driving innovations and best practices in textile, apparel and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.

Annual Reports

  • Annual Report 2017
  • Annual Report 2016
  • Annual Report 2015
  • Annual Report 2014
  • Annual Report 2013
  • Annual Report 2012

ZDHC Management Team

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Frank is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of ZDHC.  Working with the ZDHC Board of Directors he is responsible for executing the strategic plan for growth, impact and scale of the organisation and the work that it does. By understanding synergies, how to multiply efforts and scale impacts Frank develops the key partnerships, collaborations and other stakeholder relationships that support the achievement of ZDHC Mission and Vision. Frank also represents ZDHC Programme extensively on external events worldwide. For upcoming events, please go to Events.

Prior to joining ZDHC Frank was the Founder and Executive Director of a Europe-wide Non-Food Retail Association deeply involved in government and non-governmental liaison and stakeholder engagement. He has a deep understanding of how to generate effective value chain collaboration as well as process engineering and chemical management expertise in the FMCG sector. Frank has degrees from Universities in England and Germany in both business studies and modern European languages.

Operations Director

Annie is responsible for building the day to day global operational structure and processes that are fundamental to bringing ZDHC strategic vision to life and that support the ZDHC vision of widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile, leather and footwear industries.   Annie works closely with Frank, the Executive Director on the global operations of ZDHC overseeing legal, governance, financial, strategic and organisational planning matters. Furthermore, Annie oversees the development of the contributor model, contributor management and communications.  

After qualifying and practising as an environmental lawyer in the City of London, Annie moved to Nike Europe where she established the first environmental product and operations compliance programme. Her career at Nike developed into sustainable business and operations, capacity building programmes, community giving donation programmes for the donation of cash, products and employee time and skills. After 15 years at Nike, Annie joined TomTom as Corporate Social Responsibility Programme Director. There she developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy for corporate responsibility across social, environmental and community donations. Annie joined ZDHC in 2015. 

Programme Director

Scott is ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme Director coordinating all focus areas and driving programme delivery. He is a point of contact and resource for ZDHC members, potential members and other major industry stakeholders in the Americas.

Scott is an expert in sustainable materials and processes for the apparel and footwear industries. He has 30 years of experience in environmental chemistry and over 17 years of experience in textile and footwear product chemistry issues. Scott was part of the Nike Materials Science Innovation group and was the Environmental Manager for C&A Europe. Scott currently serves on the steering committee for the Outdoor Industry Association Chemicals Management Working Group (OIA CMWG) and is on the North Carolina State Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Scott is based in Portland, Oregon and holds a B.S and M.S degrees in Chemistry.

Dr. AhmadAnsari
Partnerships Director

Ahmad coordinates ZDHC’s Contributor Management with the objective to grow the ZDHC Community and scale up ZDHC’s roadmap driven objectives through multiplier effects. He advances ZDHC’s global stakeholder engagement and fundraising Strategies by solidifying current relationships and building up new partnerships on win to win basis for driving our common goals and accelerating the roll out of cleaner chemistry in the textile, leather and footwear industry. 

Before joining ZDHC Ahmad has worked for globally known professional service providers as European Business Manager (BDM) at SGS and as Senior Business Manager at KPMG for sustainability & supply chain solutions.

ZDHC Staff

East Asia Director

As East Asia Director, Lydia is responsible for leading the development and expansion of the ZDHC Programme in East Asia. Furthermore, Lydia leads efforts to scale up the use and implementation of the ZDHC tools and continuously refines the programme based on experience and evidence from Asia. Lydia oversees and develops the regional Implementation Strategy, communicates with relevant Stakeholders and represents the ZDHC Programme at events.

Lydia worked as a Senior Environmental Chemist at C&A for four years, where she first got to know the ZDHC Programme, as one of her responsibilities was to take the lead role within Far East and maintain the relationship to the ZDHC Programme. Lydia is based in Shanghai and has a degree in Textile Machinery from the Donghua University.

South Asia Director

As South Asia Director, Prasad is responsible for the representation, promotion and implementation of the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme in India (primarily) and also Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Prasad will focus on stakeholder engagement to increase awareness on ZDHC approaches, workshops and roadshows on the ZDHC tools and standards as well as tailored implementation support. Special focus is on the large chemical industry in India as well as textile dyeing & finishing mills, garment laundries, tanneries and industry associations to accelerate their commitment and participation in the ZDHC Programme.  

Prasad has a degree in Textile Chemistry and 28 years of experience in textile processing, dyes & auxiliaries manufacturing & marketing and chemical management systems implementation. He has worked with chemical companies such as IDI, Ciba and Atul. Prasad has also developed training modules and worked on chemical management projects with several apparel brands & retailers in his assignment at NimkarTek.  Prasad is based for ZDHC in Mumbai. 

Southern Europe Director

As Southern Europe Director, Alessandra is responsible for the representation and implementation of the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme in Italy (primarily), as well as in Spain and Portugal. In her role, Alessandra focusses on increasing the awareness of ZDHC, related stakeholder engagement and scaling the uptake and implementation of ZDHC guidelines, tools and services across the Southern European countries. Alessandra is also leading several pilot and special projects on leather at tannery level.


Alessandra has a PhD in Chemistry and a strong international background in the chemicals and leather sector. She has worked for several chemical companies and tanneries in Italy and China, and run a variety of sustainability projects focused on green chemistry and innovative wastewater treatments technology.

Implementation Senior Manager

As Implementation Senior Manager, Mariella is responsible for the current work and continuous evolution of the ZDHC Academy. She also supports the roadmap development activities under the Implementation HUB and drives the ZDHC engagement and implementation across the Benelux markets.

Mariella holds substantial experience with social and environmental sustainability in the apparel, footwear and leather industry. Prior to joining ZDHC, Mariella worked as a consultant for fashion brands and retailers providing support on CRS and supply chain management. Prior to her work as a consultant she held various positions at G-Star RAW for almost a decade.

Implementation Senior Manager

As Implementation Senior Manager Klaas Nuttbohm is focused on the roadmap development activities under the Signatory Brand Leader Programme. He is  also managing the building of a worldwide accredited expert network under the Implementation HUB and supports the growth of the ZDHC Contributor  and Friends community.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Klaas worked for ALDI South International as CR Manager and team leader for Detox & Environmental Compliance. Klaas has substantial experience in social and environmental sustainability in the textile and footwear industry. He worked with various stakeholder organisations like amfori, the Bangladesh Accord, Better Cotton Initiative, Leather Working Group and the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Klaas started his professional career with Cotton made in Africa and the Otto Group as a trainee. He holds a Master degree in Sustainability Sciences from the Leuphana University Lueneburg and specialised in sustainability management.

Implementation Manager

As Implementation Manager, Shinne Li focuses on the ZDHC implementation in the Chemical industry and Leather industry in East Asia and is based in Shanghai.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Shinne worked for Li & Fung as Detox Manager to implement Chemical Management in Home Textile, Apparel and Footwear industries. Before that, Shinne had roles as Programme Manager of Chemical Assessment and Technical Manager of Chemical Management in Intertek. Shinne also had rich chemical experience and worked for BASF. Shinne is a Senior Engineer and has a degree in Leather Engineering from Shaanxi University of Science & Technology.

Implementation Manager

As Implementation Manager for the South Asia Region, Dipankar manages the successful delivery of ZDHC chemical management projects in the textile industry in the region. He will foster and maintain relations with ZDHC Contributors, regional brand representatives and the wider stakeholder community to accelerate the ZDHC goals. He is based in Delhi. 

Prior to joining ZDHC, Dipankar worked for Varner, a Scandinavian retail chain, as Senior Quality Assurance Specialist, where he was responsible for quality routines, product safety and chemical strategy. He started his career at Arvind Ltd. as Sustainability & Compliance Manager and was tasked with developing a chemical management roadmap as well as implementing the Higg Index & ZDHC tools during his two-year tenure there. Dipankar has a degree in Textile Technology from West Bengal University of Technology and is a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001 systems.

Programme Senior Manager

Janne is responsible for the project management of the Input Focus Area. Besides running the day-to-day operations, she is involved in developing the strategy to advance the programme. Janne is working in a close collaboration with the rest of the Programme Team and contributors, from diverse backgrounds, to drive the translation of the vision and strategy into concrete results, and implementable and scalable outcomes.

Janne has over a decade of experience in Brands. Prior to joining ZDHC she worked at Mexx as Quality, Trim & Colour Coordinator, moved then to G-Star RAW, where she supported the first Raw Organic Collections. She then worked at Tommy Hilfiger (PVH) as a Quality Assurance and Technical Support Manager and finally to Burberry, where Janne was part of the Sustainable Manufacturing team as a manager and later also lead the Product Integrity team (in London and Hong Kong). Janne has a bachelor’s degree in international Fashion Management from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.  

Nany TrivitaKusuma
Programme Senior Manager

Nany is responsible for the project management within the Programme team, and mainly focuses on the Output Focus Area. Besides running the day-to-day operations, she is involved in developing the strategy to advance the Programme. Nany is working in close collaboration with the Focus Area Team and Co-leads, from diverse backgrounds, to drive the translation of the vision and strategy into concrete results, and implementable and scalable outcomes.

Before joining ZDHC, Nany has a decade of experience in sustainable fashion. Starting at MADE-BY as a Seminar Manager and Supply Chain Coordinator, supporting fashion brands in integrating sustainable raw materials into their business. She then moved to Tommy Hilfiger to set up their Corporate Responsibility programs, rising to Corporate Responsibility Manager. In her six years at Tommy Hilfiger she helped build strategy and ran a variety of programs, including employee engagement, sustainable stores, sustainable products and supply-chain practices, and leading Tommy Hilfiger’s collaboration with the WWF in the water stewardship programs at the Taihu and Mekong river basins. The last one involved working beyond the factory gates with various stakeholders, driving collective actions on water management in these high risk river basins. Nany has a Bachelor degree in International Fashion Management from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.  

Programme Manager

As a Programme Project Manager, Philip is responsible for the ongoing and future development of the cross-cutting areas of ZDHC training as well as Data & Disclosure. Together with the Programme Director and Implementation Director, Philip work closely with the Focus Area Team and  Co-leads to translate these concepts into concrete deliverables for the industry.

Prior to joining the ZDHC Foundation, Philip worked in SGS over seven years in the textile, footwear and leather business lines. During which he became deeply involved in the ZDHC initiative. He was responsible for the global development and overseeing the implementation of many of the new and specialist solutions which were arose from the market demand in relation to the ZDHC initiative.

Materials Manager

Carla is responsible for the project management of the Materials inside the programme. She is involved in developing the strategy to advance the programme, besides running the day-to-day operations. Carla collaborates with the rest of the Programme Team and contributors, from diverse backgrounds, to drive the translation of the vision and strategy into concrete results, and implementable and scalable outcomes.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Carla worked at the Argentinian Ministry of Defense, leading the Apparel Textile and Footwear Commission, where she also was part of the Supervisory Board of Physical and Chemical Testing in military laboratories. Carla also participated in the update of the Argentinian National Standards -IRAM- as representative member of the Physical & Chemical testing of textiles. After working independently she became the Co-founder of a sustainable textile company. Carla holds a bachelor’s degree in Fashion & Textile Design from the University of Buenos Aires.

Impact and Solutions Controller

Georgia is responsible for the reporting and financial planning of the ZDHC Platforms - the ZDHC Gateway and Academy. Georgia oversees the development of the platforms and works closely with ADEC Innovations, to ensure the continuous improvement of the ZDHC Gateway.

Before joining ZDHC, Georgia started as an intern in the Corporate Responsibility Department of Tommy Hilfiger, where among others, she assisted the team in supply chain data analysis. Then, she took a role in Procurement Finance Department at PVH. Georgia holds a Bachelor degree in Physics and Master degrees in Environment & Resource Management and Renewable Energy Systems from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and International Hellenic University accordingly.  

Product Manager - Gateway

As the ZDHC Gateway Product Manager Vanessa is responsible for internal and external communications. Vanessa works closely with ADEC Innovations, to ensure the continuous improvement of the ZDHC Gateway and CheckTools.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Vanessa worked for CHT Germany GmbH in the Jeans & Garment Department as a Technical Service Engineer. In her role she was responsible for application-specific consultation, especially regarding eco friendly bleaching concepts. Vanessa holds a Master Degree in Textile Products - Textile and Clothing Technology from the Hochschule Niederrhein - University of Applied Sciences.

CristinaAmeijenda Marcos
Stakeholder Manager

Cristina is based in Frankfurt/Germany and manages and develops the relationship to the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien). Further, Cristina manages the onboarding of new contributors from the first touch point for interested potential contributors to managing the process for new contributors that commit to ZDHC.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Cristina worked for 17 years for a multi-stakeholder organisation where she managed labour and human resources as well as environmental topics. Cristina has a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Frankfurt and a Master of Arts  in “European Politics and European Legal Studies” from the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg.

Legal Counsel and Contributor Relations

Victoria is responsible for managing the day-to-day legal operations of the foundation. She also supervises improvements in the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness of Contributor management. Finally, she manages the ZDHC Signatory Brand Leader Programme.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Victoria worked as the CSR & Legal Counsel for MUD Jeans International where she developed strategies to improve the environmental and social impact of the company. Victoria holds master degrees in International Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law from La Sorbonne University in Paris and from the University of Iceland.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Alisa manages and interacts with the internal and external audience to deliver the organisation’s messages to the public and media. She develops and implements the marketing and communications strategy, including the ensuring of brand consistency among all materials and channels. Alisa manages the publications and website, facilitates marketing campaigns for ZDHC tools and helps to plan events.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Alisa worked for brasi&brasi GmbH, where she managed the Customer Relationship Management and also the Internal Communication. Alisa holds a degree in Global Brand and Fashion Management with a major in communications from the International School of Management in Frankfurt/Germany.

Systems and Solutions Manager

Valentin manages the development of platforms and tools for the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme. Furthermore, he implements and scales the knowledge base and customer support solutions as well as improving the cyber security of the online systems.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Valentin’s work was to implement the assessment of social auditors and online trainings for AQM, performing some social audits around Bangladesh, China and Cambodia himself. Valentin holds an engineering degree specialised in technical textiles and advanced materials from ENSAIT, Europe’s leading textile engineering school in Roubaix, France.

ElisangelaRodrigues de Alencar
Operations Support Manager

Elisangela Rodrigues de Alencar has the role of Executive Operations Support for the ZDHC Management Team and is based in Amsterdam.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Elisangela worked at NxtVn, acting as reference point in Project Management. Previous roles include: Jack Link’s, Nike, The Art of Vision, Foot Locker and Braziltours.

Collaboration AssociateIn her role as Collaboration Associate, Esther is responsible for internal communication. She creates transparency within the ZDHC Community by reporting and tracking the progress of the projects of our teams and the work of the Foundation.

Prior to joining ZDHC, Esther was the editor of a sustainable fashion online magazine and part of a biotechnology startup, that worked on the implementation of bacterial dyestuff as an alternative to synthetic dyes. Esther holds a degree in Graphic and Communication Design from the Wandsbek Art School in Hamburg and a Bachelor of Science in Organic Agriculture from the University of Kassel.

Board of Directors

Environmental Sustainability ControllerPrimark
Head of Corporate SustainabilityPUMA SE
Director Strategy Social and Environmental Affairsadidas
Unit Leader - Sustainable Chemicals ManagementC&A
ManuelBaigorri Soneiro
Senior Director Global Sustainability Value ChainLevi Strauss & Co.
Senior Corporate Responsibility ManagerF&F
Dr Wei-WangChen
General ManagerEverlight Chemical
Head of Sustainability-ProductionH&M
Head of SustainabilityArvind Limited
Sustainable Manufacturing Senior ManagerBurberry
Global Director - Sustainable Manufacturing and SourcingNike
Sustainable Raw Materials SpecialistM&S