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Smit & Zoon is committed to making the leather value chain sustainable, together. As one of the players in this value chain, the Dutch company is working hard on making its own practices more sustainable continuously. Recently, their efforts were rewarded with two important independent ratings: the highest level of ZDHC certification (level 3) and the Ecovadis Silver CSR Rating.
Highest level ZDHC certification
Smit & Zoon was granted ZDHC level 3 certification for all Smit branded wet end products produced in the Netherlands and China. And this is just a start! Later in 2020, the remainder of Smit’s global portfolio, consisting of both Smit and Codyeco branded products, is planned for level 3 certification.
As zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in leather manufacturing is an important step towards making the leather value chain more sustainable, receiving level 3 ZDHC certification matters a lot to Smit Group CEO Hans van Haarst. He explains: “Certification is the result of our relentless drive and ongoing mission to make the leather value chain sustainable”.
Ecovadis Silver CSR Rating
Another great encouragement for Smit & Zoon’s sustainability efforts comes in the shape of the SILVER CSR rating by Ecovadis. Smit & Zoon received 62 points in the Ecovadis Corporate Social Responsibility rating, earning a SILVER award. Outperforming 90% of the companies Ecovadis assessed, Smit & Zoon can be rightfully proud of their achievements.
Leading by example
Both Ecovadis and Chem-MAP, the organization carrying out the ZDHC audit, recognise Smit & Zoon as an industry leader in sustainability. That is something to be proud of! However, Smit Group CEO Hans van Haarst points to the fact that this does not mean the work is done. He calls upon the whole industry to follow the example set by Smit & Zoon and other leading companies. “It is now up to all of the value chain players to drive sustainability in everything we do and ensure that consumers get leather products they can trust.”
A drop makes a difference
For Smit & Zoon, sustainability is at the core of everything they do. A company-wide focus on sustainability, operational excellence and outstanding customer service, has led to both the highest level of ZDHC certification and a SILVER CSR rating by Ecovadis. Even though these are great accomplishments, Van Haarst emphasises that small actions matter as well. “Smit & Zoon cannot realise a sustainable leather value chain by itself. Everything you can do, no matter how small, to make a difference matters!” After all, many drops together form a wave of change. Contribute yours today.
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