Seeking to continuously reduce its environmental footprint, Stahl’s report also details how the Company has further aligned its operations with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals and highlights its significant progress with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, including the publication of its Materiality Matrix.

The 2018 report reveals how Stahl is on target for its CO₂ emissions goal set in 2015 for 10% reduction by 2020, and how the supplier is committed to help lead the clothing and footwear industry towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) by eliminating the substances listed on its MRSL by 2020. The Company says it has made a big step in this direction by uploading over 1,000 compliant products to the ZDHC Gateway portal.

In 2018 Stahl also launched a public-private partnership in Ethiopia with local leather associations and international NGOs, including international civil society organisation Solidaridad. The project in Ethiopia and its five-year Public Private Partnership in India, launched in 2017, are both driven by the need to improve water pollution in identified leather manufacturing clusters. Stahl says it is dedicating significant resources to these projects, for example by opening a new Stahl Campus location in Kanpur, India, where dedicated training on chemicals management and good practices will be realised.