Düsseldorf, January 14, 2014. Today, C&A Europe has learned of the results of a new Greenpeace study in which a total of seven C&A products were tested. According to the study, one of these products includes a high level of NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylates). These substances are used in certain detergents and cleaning agents, and, in some cases, in the manufacturing process for textiles and leather products.
According to the Greenpeace report and based on our current knowledge, the tested product is a shoe that has been manufactured for and sold exclusively in the Mexican market. As a precautionary measure, C&A Mexico is taking the product in question off the market for further investigation.
Based on our current knowledge, the other products distributed in Europe that Greenpeace tested lie within the statutory requirements.
As a member of the ZDHC Initiative (Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals), C&A stands by its pledge to eliminate the use of NPEs and thereby contribute to environmental protection. Meaningful, lasting and industrywide change can only be achieved through collaborative stakeholder participation from all segments of the apparel supply chain. The ZDHC serves as the coalition and platform to lead us toward our goal of zero discharge by 2020. This offers us the opportunity to share knowledge, capabilities and resources necessary to overcome complexities and to achieve results. While there is much progress to be made, we believe this is the most structured and sustainable way forward. In this regard we would look for support from all industry stakeholders in endorsing the achievements and the future plans of the ZDHC efforts. As a group of companies and individuals that care deeply about the environment, ZDHC brands are committed to the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. We have made meaningful progress toward that goal. In the year 2013 alone, we have:
- Committed to the phase out of C8 chemistry by no later than January 1, 2015.
- Tested, analyzed, and shared the results of chemical use of 20 facilities in Bangladesh, China, India, Taiwan and Vietnam.
- Developed and shared the first comprehensive chemicals database, as an important step in identifying and eliminating hazardous chemicals.
These results are based on the foundation that we’ve built through the Joint Roadmap developed with input from suppliers, scientists, academics, NGOs, and other stakeholders.
Pursuant to the Roadmap 2020, problematic chemicals are to be replaced wherever technically possible from a comprehensive and sustainable perspective. We are taking the current test results as an opportunity to consider additional measures for more effectively ensuring the reduction of problematic substances. At the same time, we will once more expressly instruct our suppliers to refrain from using such substances.
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