ZDHC releases the CMS Technical Industry Guide to harmonise expectations across Brands and support Suppliers in the implementation of sustainable chemical management.
The release of the ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide completes the ZDHC Chemical Management System (CMS). Its first part was released last year May, the CMS Framework, outlining the minimum requirements of a CMS. With this second document, the CMS Technical Industry Guide supports the practical part of implementation of the ZDHC CMS within the supply chain. A sound sustainable chemical management system reduces impacts on the community, broader environment and protects worker safety.
“The ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide is our effort to provide simplistic, structured and practical guidelines to Manufacturing Facilities to develop their system to manage chemicals to fit their operations and needs, aligned with the ZDHC CMS Framework. Brands, as well as Auditors, should use the document to harmonise the expectations of a ZDHC CMS and adopt it as the standardised industry approach to facilitate its implementation by Suppliers.” – Prasad Pant, South Asia Director, ZDHC
In creating the CMS Technical Industry Guide, ZDHC aims to harmonise the brands’ expectations towards suppliers. Throughout the development, ZDHC contributors were involved in extensive reviews to address their needs and incorporate feedback. The ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide provides the basis for Suppliers to tailor and implement their sustainable chemical management plans to meet the harmonised expectations, whether tanneries, dye-houses, mills, printers or footwear assembly units, or another kind of facility.
“The ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide will now provide the basis on which we will be able to ensure that our chemical management system meets and exceeds industry standards, and from this basis, we will continue to drive improvements. I see this document as essential guidance for all textile Manufacturing Facilities around the world.” – Jimmy Summers, VP Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, CSO, Elevate Textiles
As usual, ZDHC will facilitate the roll-out (of the CMS Technical Industry Guide) within its community. Adding to the Supplier to Zero platform’s extensive resources, the ZDHC CMS Technical Industry Guide is now integrated and provides supporting implementation templates. Approved Training Providers will offer in-depth training at the ZDHC Academy, the global online training platform for sustainable chemical management. Planned for the third quarter of this year, the training schedule will be announced closer to date.