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Contributor Announcement September 2022

September 21, 2022


As of September 2022, we welcome one new ZDHC Contributor and one new Friend of ZDHC to the ZDHC Community. 

As a Brand:

Desigual is an international fashion brand that was established in Barcelona in 1984. It is famous for the individuality and unique character of its creations which aim to bring positivity and authenticity to thousands of people who want to express the best version of themselves. 

La vida es chula - Love the World is the philosophy that outlines all of the actions carried out by Desigual in accordance with its social and environmental commitments. Desigual’s declaration of intent is supported by tangible actions under which the company sets its goals for the future as it strives to work with a sustainable fashion production model that is respectful towards people and the planet.

“Our Strategic Sustainability and CSR Plan include our projects and initiatives regarding products, suppliers, environment, employees, clients, and community. ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero Programme will provide us with the tools, knowledge and a clear ‘roadmap’ to phase out environmentally harmful chemicals.

The fashion industry consumes a high amount of chemicals and incorporates new substances every year. This is why it is necessary to implement effective chemical management.”

-Adrian Branco (Sustainability and Sourcing Manager)

‍As a Friend:

VARNER is one of the largest fashion retailers in Scandinavia, with nearly 8500 employees, 6 online stores and 1200 physical stores in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. It is a family-owned Norwegian company with the following fashion brands: Cubus, Dressmann, Dressmann XL, Bik Bok, Carlings, Volt, and  Junkyard. VARNER also has the franchise of Levi’s Store in Norway. 

VARNER is one of the leading data and tech-driven fashion companies in Scandinavia. At the core of its entire business, there is a strong focus on sustainable principles. To identify and prevent harmful chemicals from being used in production, VARNER acknowledges the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) as a global industry standard and encourages its suppliers to adopt it.

VARNER believes that the ZDHC Foundation’s Roadmap to Zero Programme and its community offer the retailer an opportunity to improve their implementation of sustainable chemical management. The ZDHC Guidelines, Solutions, Platforms, and implementation projects and collaborations with others within the ZDHC Community will be valuable assets for VANER in its journey to detox its supply chain.  

“We at Varner are committed to contributing towards the movement of safeguarding the planet and the people from harmful chemicals. In this journey, we join ZDHC’s Roadmap to Zero Programme as Friends of ZDHC to learn from this community and align our upstream supply chain towards sustainable chemical management, starting from the purchase of chemicals till the final discharge.”

-Dipankar Bose, Global Environmental Manager.