A quick introduction about ZDHC
ZDHC stands for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals and is a program that guides the fashion industry toward eliminating harmful chemicals from its global supply chain.
It should be noted that ZDHC is one of the two most important global organizations in the field of sustainability for the fashion industry. In fact, among the companies that join the program, we find many of the brands recognized as the most important and influential in the world.
The ZDHC program also aims to create the foundation for more sustainable production that protects workers, consumers and our planet’s ecosystems.
The strategy is based on the principle of transparency in chemical management using a precautionary and preventive approach, building on a set of shared best practices. That is why it is in constant evolution.
The main goals of the program are:
- eliminate or replace hazardous chemicals
- develop transparent processes to promote safer chemistry
- develop the effective tools, best practices and training to improve chemical management
- develop collaboration with stakeholders to promote transparency about chemicals used/discharged and the application of good practices
The Impact Day 2022 event by ZDHC.
Each year, the results of the ZDHC strategy are carefully reviewed and then presented to member members during an event called Impact Day, which takes place in Amsterdam. In addition to measuring the performance of the year concluded, the event is also designed to set the agenda items for the year to come.
For our industry, this is an extremely important event, which gathers all the high management officials from the various companies to decide on the future sustainability strategies.
This year the event was held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 and as a support of this year’s performance presentation, the ZDHC organization asked three virtuous companies to share their testimonies.
It is much more than an honor for us to be able to say that Cangioli 1859 was one of these three companies. Along with Cangioli 1859’s Italian experience, testimonies from a Chinese company and an Indian company were given.
Cangioli 1859's experience at Impact Day 2022
As a testimonial for the event, our intervention served to bring the experience of Cangioli 1859, supporting the Impact Report covering the year 2021.
Vincenzo Cangioli, President and CEO of Lanificio Cangioli 1859, was interviewed by the ZDHC Communications Team and his video interview was projected during a session of the June 16 event.
3) How can the introduction of the performance levels help you advance your performance and leadership in terms sustainable chemical management?
“As a company we embarked on a path to the implementation of a Chemical Management Program adhering to the 4sustainability CHEM protocol so we already had familiarity with implementation protocols that measure advances in performance.
[…] The performance level certificate is also crucial as a strong motivator and a well-earned reward for our teams by giving full recognition of all the excellent work that they have carried out in advancing our organization in terms of sustainable chemical management.”
Impact Day 2022 was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the results of all our efforts in terms of energy, water and thermal efficiency. But even more, it was the perfect chance to define a common vision on the sustainability strategies for the coming years, which see Human Resources as one of the key points of the Agenda.