Tchibo GmbH is intensifying its efforts to minimise hazardous substances in the textile industry. With the ZDHC Roadmap Programme, these substances are to disappear completely from the manufacturing process of the consumer goods company.

Tchibo GmbH is continuing its commitment to sustainability and has been a member of the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative since December 1. This initiative has committed itself to the task of freeing the textile, leather and shoe industry from hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing process. Thus an improvement of environment and health is to be achieved.

The ZDHC program pursues a holistic approach in the global value chain. This includes areas such as compliance guidelines, research and disclosure. In addition to Tchibo, companies such as Inditex Group, H&M and adidas Group also participate in the ZDHC programme. By joining, Tchibo is taking a major step towards its goal of eliminating all harmful chemicals in textile production by 2020.

Sustainability as a business strategy

Sustainability has been an integral part of Tchibo’s business strategy since 2006. Above all, the focus is on reducing environmental pollution during the manufacturing process. “In direct dialogue with the ZDHC and its members, we can jointly achieve the milestones set out in the joint “Roadmap”: namely to eliminate hazardous chemicals from the supply chain,” says Nanda Bergstein, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Tchibo.

The company has already ensured greater transparency in the global supply chain by 2017. Information on wet operations was available for 90% of the orders placed last year. These use water and chemicals in pre-production on a large scale and were published for the first time with their name and location.

Tchibo as a pioneer in the industry

As early as October 2014, Tchibo set itself the goal of avoiding all harmful chemicals in textile production with its Detox Commitment to Greenpeace. As part of this, the company also committed itself to developing a closed production cycle.

In the detox balance published by Greenpeace in July, Tchibo is highlighted in an international comparison as one of the leading companies driving a paradigm shift in the industry. According to Greenpeace, Tchibo is the leading retailer in chemicals management. This even exceeded expectations when it came to phasing out the most dangerous chemicals.


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