When we committed to the Greenpeace Detox campaign, sustainable chemicals management was still uncharted territory for our industry. So our first step in 2015 was to set up a group of experts specialising in this field in China, Bangladesh and Germany.
The team first had to identify the wet production plants in our supply chain to gain a clear view of the chemicals they used. Regular, mandatory wastewater and sludge tests were then introduced for these factories to check their use of chemicals.
To this day, our chemical management audits (CMAs) in production plants are at the heart of our work in this area. We check that factories comply with our requirements and train their employees in the practical implementation of good chemical management. Alongside the audits, we also assist their managers by providing them with our Chemical Management Handbook and organising training measures.