The ZDHC Programme, a collaboration of 22 leading brands, 13 value chain affiliates and 7 associates, today releases its Wastewater Guidelines, a unified expectation on wastewater quality for the entire textile and footwear industry.
The Wastewater Guidelines build on a study conducted in 2015, which revealed that, despite efforts, there exists no unified set of expectations for suppliers that discharge industrial wastewater.
This is of concern as the production of textile and footwear involves a large quantity of water and if not treated properly, presents a threat to people and the environment. Further, a lack of consistency between brands around expectations can lead to confusion within the value chain.
Today, ZDHC addresses this issue with the release of the ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines, a harmonised set of wastewater parameters, limit values and test methods, which will ensure brands and suppliers are working to the same set of expectations.
“The release of the Wastewater Guidelines is good news for workers, consumers, and the environment,” said Executive Director Frank Michel.
“Suppliers will no longer face multiple guidelines depending on which brand they’re dealing with, and brands won’t face the challenge of individually ensuring each supplier is complying with their requirements.”
The ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines are free to download from the ZDHC website, and all actors within the value chain are encouraged to adopt them.
“Addressing this environmental challenge cannot be achieved alone,” says ZDHC Michel, calling on the textile and footwear industries to take action.
“To achieve meaningful, long-lasting impact, we need the entire industry, including NGOs, to adopt and support this standard.”