SGS is pleased to announce that the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation has recognized and accepted its Vietnam operation as an ‘indicator of Level 1 ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) v2.0 Conformance’ in connection with the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module.

This recognition enables us to provide chemical MRSL conformance services from our laboratories in Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong, two major apparel and footwear manufacturing locations.

Today’s announcement also heralds the expansion of our capabilities across the region where we already have ZDHC Foundation approved laboratories in Istanbul, Chennai, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Kaohsiung which have been operational for few years.

ZDHC, whose mission is to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear value chain to improve the environment, has now approved a total of eight SGS laboratories as part of the SGS Global MRSL Conformance Certification Center. All MRSL analysis to produce these certificates must be carried out by these laboratories. Chemical formulations tested by SGS that conform to ZDHC MRSL are recognized as Level 1 chemicals.

Yvonne Tse, Vice President, Global Softlines, SGS said: “SGS is committed to supporting the textile and footwear industry to move at pace towards the zero-discharge goal and we are delighted with this recognition from the ZDHC Foundation enabling us to further expand our sustainability services.

“Vietnam is a major textile and footwear manufacturing hub and by having this new conformance testing capability at Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong we can ensure retailers and manufacturer in the textile and apparel industry benefit from increased efficiency and shorter turnaround times. Ultimately we can support clients to meet their environmental and global sustainability aims.”

ZDHC published an MRSL conformance guidance establishing the way in which chemical formulators can provide indicators of conformance, as well as how manufacturers and brands can find recognized and credible processes for chemical formulations compiled with ZDHC MRSL in ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module.

Solutions for Chemical and Environmental Management

We provide robust and holistic solutions for chemical and environmental management across the supply chain. As well as the MRSL program, we are working on other ZDHC programs, like training and wastewater testing, as an Accredited Training Provider (ATP) and accepted wastewater laboratory.

We have developed a unique Trio Approach to help manufacturers and their suppliers to create a safer environment, as well as assisting the textile and footwear supply chain toward the zero-discharge goal.

Learn more about our Zero Discharge Holistic Solutions

For further information contact:

Keith Tsang
Senior Service Development Manager
Connectivity & Products
t: +852 2204 8354

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