How does Smit & Zoon use the ZDHC MRSL?
Smit & Zoon has developed its own Restricted Substances Policy. Part of this policy is that we don’t want substances on the ZDHC MRSL in any of our raw materials. Assuming that ZDHC MRSL substances are not generated unintentionally in our production process, we can conclude that our products comply with the requirements of the ZDHC MRSL.
What is the value of certification?
Claiming that our products are compliant is one thing, but this claim is much stronger when it is done by an independent, trusted third party. In the ZDHC Gateway this is indicated by a confidence level 1 to 3. Where level 1 is based on an analysis of one sample, level 3 includes a site visit by a certification body and inspection of procedures and products. By having our products certified we show that delivering a compliant product is not a ‘lucky shot’ but the result of a planned and safe process.
Which are the possible next steps from the brands?
We expect that Brands connected to the ZDHC will increasingly request their supply chain to work with chemicals that are registered in the Gateway. Brands are challenged by the ZDHC to exclusively work with Gateway registered products, with an expected growing popularity for chemicals with the highest Confidence Level (Level 3).
What does this certification mean for brands and consumers?
For consumers this means another step in assuring that leather is produced under safe conditions for people and the environment and that leather is a safe material to use. For brands this means that there is the possibility to assess confidence level of the chemicals in their supply chain and use responsible chemistry.
How can you communicate the value for our customers?
For many of our customers, working with ZDHC brands, it will be a big benefit to work with Smit & Zoon products, because they know that many of our products are registered already with a clear focus on registration of all our products within 2020. Many of our competitors are neither a contributor of ZDHC yet, nor have registered their products on the Gateway. For several of them it will be a hard job to get Confidence Level 3. In other words, talk to your customers and share the news that Smit & Zoon is securing their future.
What will follow?
We will expand certification to all our production sites to finally cover our whole product portfolio. Apart from that, Smit & Zoon is also increasingly active in ZDHC Task Teams which shows that we are one of the leading companies working to create a 100% social and environmentally sustainable leather supply chain.