Of interest to textile and clothing brands (especially SMEs) wishing to have better control over chemical use in their supply chains. Also useful for policymakers and branch organisaiotns wishing to develop tools for assisting these companies.

An online platform that takes companies/buyers through a step-by-step guide on how to control chemical use down the supply chain. The platform is specifically aimed at brands in Nordic countries but also valid for brands elsewhere.

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Public Procurement, Industrial Sector

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Start date
01/12/2016

End date
28/02/2018

Shared by

David Watson

Senior Consultant

PlanMiljø

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Objectives

Long and complicated supply chains for garments can present a challenge to brands that want to engage in cleaner processes. It can be difficult for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in particular to establish and monitor requirements on complex issues such as chemical use in production.

This project aimed to assist Nordic companies in managing the use of chemicals in their suply chains by developing an intuitive step-by-step guide tailored to their needs.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

The results of the project include the following:

- A step-by-step online tool and resource database that assists purchasers and managers in textile brands and especially SMEs to identify and avoid restricted chemicals in their supply chains

- A guidance section in the tool that provides a comprehensive library of relevant databases, collaborative initiatives, assessment tools, links to relevant legislation (in EU and Nordic countries) andlinks to environmental and product quality tools and information.

- A Common Nordic Guideline on chemical restrictions in the value chain of textiles based oin the Restricted Substance List developed by the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Working Group

The tool is free and has been well-used by Nordic brands as a useful and easily accessible resource especially for small companies with limited resources that can be dedicated to chemical control.

Next steps and how to get involved

If you are a purchaser in a textile or clothing brand wishing to have greater knowledge on chemicals in textiles and greater control of harmful chemical use in your supply chains, then click on the link below and gain access to the step-by-step tool and resource bank.

You can also contact the project manager at Compliance House for more information on updates and other issues: Anna Lyster at anna@compliance-house.com