ZDHC (Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals), a group of major apparel and footwear brands and retailers envisions delivering high quality products, using safe chemistries, operating in ways that keep communities free from unintended, downstream environmental impacts and delivers to a market where sustainable chemistry practices are preferred and rewarded. ZDHC Group has come up with the Joint Roadmap, Version 2. The Joint Roadmap is a highly ambitious plan that sets a new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry. The Roadmap serves as a first step towards achieving Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) by 2020. Version 2 communicates long term vision and goals and includes action plan with goals, milestones, deliverables and responsibilities.
The Roadmap builds on the first Joint Roadmap but does not replace it. The ZDHC Programme is a multi-stakeholder group working on developing and promoting best practice to improve environmental performance and chemical safety in the global apparel and footwear industry. The ZDHC Programme and its partners aims to transform the global apparel and footwear industry by delivering a safer and cleaner environment working towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the life cycle of all products by 2020.