The ZDHC Foundation oversees implementation of the ZDHC Programme.
Our mission is to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear value chain to improve the environment and people's well being.
Our vision is widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile, leather and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.
The ZDHC Programme includes a collaboration of 27 signatory brands, 85 value chain affiliates, and 18 associates. Together, we are working to support implementation of safer chemical management practices.
Learn more about our programme, and explore our range of guidance and tools, here.
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ZDHC Management Team
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.
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.
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.
As part of the Management team, Christina is globally responsible for the implementation and strategic regionalisation of the ZDHC activities. This includes oversight and evolution of the ZDHC training programme and Academy, and establishment and leadership of the Implementation HUB to enable progress and innovation at scale and accelerate impact along the value chain. Christina’s responsibilities also include grant and business development as well as stakeholder engagement and the formation of strategic partnerships.
Christina has more than a decade of experience of working at the interface between sustainability, sustainable development and innovation. Prior to joining ZDHC, Christina held leading positions at several forefront consulting firms where she worked with a variety of companies, industries and public institutions on holistic sustainability strategies and responsible value chains. Christina started her professional career at the environmental branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and has a PhD in materials chemistry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nany is responsible for the project management of the MRSL & Research as well as the Wastewater Quality Programme. Besides running them on a day-to-day operational level, she is involved in developing the strategy to advance the programme. Together with the ZDHC Programme Director, Nany is working in a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Victoria is responsible for the ongoing management of ZDHC contributors. She also supervises key collaborations and partnerships. Finally, Victoria works on the continuous improvement of ZDHC efficiency by supporting on operational and legal issues such as contract management.
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.
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 communications strategy, including the ensuring of brand consistency among all materials and channels. Alisa manages the publications and website, facilitates marketing campaigns for the ZDHC Gateway 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.
Valentin is responsible for the implementation and the training for the different tools created by ZDHC in order to have an impact on the textile industry.
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.
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.