JCPenney is among the latest to join the ZDHC community

JCPenney serves customers in more than 650 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, while Decathlon operates approximately 1,697 stores in 60 countries and regions. Both retailers have joined the ZDHC as brand suppliers.

As JCPenney continues on its sustainability journey to better understand and minimize its value chain’s impact on the planet, the company looks to the ZDHC Foundation as a partner to provide clarity on how best to remove hazardous chemicals and improve responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices be able .

“The work to remove hazardous chemicals from the global apparel, footwear and textile value chain will only succeed through a collaborative partnership between customers and suppliers,” said Phil Boyett, senior sourcing director at JCPenney. “We’re excited to join, leverage, and advocate for making consumer products free of harmful chemicals.”

Since its first Restricted Substance List in 1998, Decathlon has acted actively on chemical risk to ensure the safety of users, employees, supplier workers and the environment during the manufacture, transport, handling and use of Decathlon’s products .

To go further, Decathlon must work with key industry players and have access to the most advanced tools to reduce chemical impacts in the value chain, says ZDHC.

“Decathlon wants to make its value chain more sustainable to manage chemicals and draw tomorrow’s ethics and its requirements. As a contributor, Decathlon will act to reduce the impact of the apparel and footwear industry on the environment and human health to be consistent with Decathlon’s purpose: to be useful to people and their planet,” says Melany Auger, Chemical Safety Manager at Decathlon.

Meanwhile, Sudeep Industries has joined ZDHC as a contributor (VCA from the chemical industry), alongside apparel manufacturer Echotex Ltd (VCA from the textile, footwear, apparel and leather industry) and Framis Italia (VCA from the textile and apparel industry) . Industry), a provider of fully integrated hot melt applications and solutions for the apparel industry.

“As we represent a long segment of the supply chain, [by] By joining the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero program we would have the chance to build a solid and real sustainability fortune. This advantage could be offered to our customers as a necessary added value that they increasingly have to maintain towards consumers and investors,” notes Francesca Salotto, CEO of Framis Italia Spa.

British retailer River Island joined the ZDHC community as a brand last month.

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