In October 2015, we signed up to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme. Together with other retailers and brand suppliers, it is our aim to establish new environmental standards in the global textile, leather and shoe industries. These industries are strongly interdependent on an international scale and we therefore firmly believe that actively eliminating hazardous chemicals can only be achieved by working together.
Coop has also taken on a pioneering role in developing the BEPI Chemical Management Audit together with amfori BEPI. This audit is based on the ZDHC programme and highlights the areas in which our textile suppliers have chemical management under control and where there is scope for further action. The BEPI Chemical Management Audit process also entails a self-assessment questionnaire and training, promoting greater awareness among textile suppliers and ensuring they receive practical help to enable toxin-free textile production.