Smit & Zoon achieves highest level of ZDHC-certification
A more sustainable operation
ZDHC is an organisation initiated in 2011 by six fashion brands aiming for a more sustainable operation. Currently, ZDHC has grown to 30 signatory brands, 111 value chain affiliates (including suppliers of chemicals) and 21 associates. Smit & Zoon has been a contributor since early 2018.
A dedicated team from Chem-MAP assisted Smit & Zoon in fulfilling the c-MAP program for chemical formulators. “We are proud to be collaborating with Smit & Zoon”, a Chem-MAP spokesman adds. “Reaching the highest level of ZDHC certification for their Netherlands based sites in 2019 and working together on attaining Level 3 ZDHC certification globally for the company in 2020 is a big achievement.”
The Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) used in the Chem-MAP certification sets restrictions to the chemicals that can be used in the production process of leather articles. This is a much wider scope than a regular Restricted Substances List, which only defines restrictions for the finished article.
For Hans van Haarst, this all fits perfectly into the legacy of the almost 200-year-old company. “Smit & Zoon has demonstrated to be resilient and able to adapt to change. The current turmoil in the global leather industry will require strong leadership to guide its players to a secure future. Smit & Zoon commits itself to this change through transformational presence at all levels in the value chain and with all stakeholders. This includes consumers, brands, customers and industry associations and partnerships.”
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