After the evaluation process for all organic leather chemicals in the Lanxess portfolio was completed a year ago, the results are now available via the gateway. Currently, the Lanxess profile in the ZDHC Gateway confirms Level 3 MRSL compliance for a portfolio of close to 500 products for every step of leather manufacture.

The Chem-MAP value chain programme was designed by the British Leather Centre (BLC) in response to the need for verification of chemical inputs in production. It ensures that chemical products are sold in accordance with the MRSL specification and that chemical manufacturers have appropriate stewardship in terms of management, including control systems, to assure that chemical products are manufactured responsibly and to recognised standards. “This process involves a robust assessment of Lanxess and further downstream assurance through audits of facilities and surveillance testing of the chemical products supplied”, said the Germany headquartered manufacturer.

Established in 2011, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) aims to improve sustainability and chemicals management. Its “Roadmap to Zero Programme” takes a holistic approach to reducing the use of hazardous substances in the global textile, leather and footwear value chain, including the  elimination of the use of priority chemicals in areas such as Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) & Conformity Guidance, wastewater quality, audit protocol, research, data and disclosure, and training.