Our Detox Commitment with Greenpeace
Together with Greenpeace, we advocate a toxin-free future for textile production. We have established clear rules for our suppliers to drive forward the switch to non-hazardous chemicals within a realistic timeframe, tackling the most harmful chemicals as a matter of priority.
In 2013 we were the first Swiss company to sign the Detox Commitment and have already done much to comply with it. In 2015 Greenpeace designated us a «Trendsetter» in the field of toxin-free textiles in its interim report. This is both confirmation and motivation for us. In the next few years too we will continue to take further key steps to make our production of conventional textiles even more sustainable.
To fulfil the Detox Commitment to clean textile and leather production, we are taking measures in five areas:
1. Blacklist for the use of chemicals
The Coop Blacklist for Textiles and Leather summarizes the chemicals that, by 2020 at the latest, may no longer be used anywhere in the supply chain for our own label textile brands. The list covers more than the eleven chemical groups rated as hazardous by Greenpeace, and is regularly reviewed. Our business partners are obliged to adhere to this blacklist and to switch to non-hazardous chemicals in their textile production.
2. Local support/Coop Detox Manual
We continually support suppliers making the switch to more environmentally-friendly chemicals and assist them with bespoke training courses.
The Coop Detox Manual provides guidance for our suppliers and their upstream suppliers on Coop-compliant textile production. It contains a holistic approach to chemical management throughout the textile supply chain with the aim of minimizing the use of toxic chemicals at all stages of production.
3. Measurement and publication of environmental data
We arrange for environmental data to be recorded and reviewed at our textile suppliers on an annual basis, to determine whether they are complying with the requirements and documenting progress. Dye works and printers are our primary focus. These businesses under inspections by external audit firms for the presence of undesirable chemicals on the blacklist in, for example, their waste water and sewage sludge.
4. Publication in the IPE database
The results of these environmental tests at our key suppliers are publicly accessible in the database of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). The environmental data of 80 percent of our suppliers (in terms of sales) are publicly accessible.
Coop's main suppliers and dye works including the following companies:
- Yuen Shing Textiles Limited
- Zhejiang Proud Textile Co. Ltd.
- Tong Liao Angela Textile Co. Ltd.
- Jiangsu Fuxing Weaving & Dyeing Co. Ltd.
- Zhejiang Zhongding Textile Co. Ltd.
- Welspun India Limited
- Free look Fashion (Group Of Anugraha Fashion mills Pvt Ltd)
- Maral Overseas Limited
- Arvind Limited
Support on the ground
We will provide our suppliers with ongoing assistance in their changeover to non-hazardous chemicals, supporting them even more in future through training in order to increase awareness. The main interface between our specialists and our suppliers is the Coop subsidiary Eurogroup Far East Ltd. in Hong Kong, whose employees maintain contact with suppliers and help to motivate them in their commitment to reducing hazardous chemicals.
5. Product testing at product level
We carry out regular random checks across the textile range and test the products for hazardous chemicals. These are the records of the latest tests:
Autumn 2015 prduct test report
(50 samples from 33 suppliers)
(Autumn 2016 product test report to follow)
6. International cooperation and creation of standards
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 industry. 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.
7. Textiles and Leather working group and Chemicals specialist team
Our Textiles and Leather working group is a forum for regular discussion of progress and challenges in the implementation of the guideline and for identifying the necessary measures. The group comprises specialists from Purchasing, Quality Assurance, Sustainability and own label brand Coop Naturaline. Our Chemicals specialist team discusses topics such as the use of chemicals, suppliers' environmental data, compiling the blacklist and running and evaluating product testing at the product level.