Smit & Zoon granted level 3 ZDHC certification for all wet-end products made in the Netherlands and China

Netherlands
Published:  25 February, 2020

Smit & Zoon is committed to making the leather supply chain sustainable, together. One of the focal points of this effort is zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in leather manufacturing. That is why receiving the highest level of ZDHC certification matters a lot to Smit Group CEO Hans van Haarst: “Certification is the result of our relentless drive and ongoing mission to make the leather value chain sustainable”, he explains. 

Another drop to make a difference

And it does not end here. All Smit branded wet end products produced in the Netherlands and China earned level 3 certification; the remainder of Smit’s global portfolio, consisting of both Smit and Codyeco branded products, is planned for level 3 certification later in 2020.

Industry leader
Chem-MAP, the organisation carrying out the ZDHC audit, says that achieving Level 3 certification has reinforced Smit & Zoon’s market position as an industry leader in sustainability “and has helped secure its companywide focus on sustainability, operational excellence and outstanding service.” 

Smit & Zoon really demonstrates its seriousness about their mission to create a sustainable leather supply chain by reaching ZDHC certification. In the industry, it is quite common for companies to adhere to a regular Restricted Substances List, which only defines restrictions for the finished article. To commit oneself to the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) used in the Chem-MAP certification, however, is a much bigger feat. It sets restrictions to the chemicals that can be used in the production process of leather articles. Smit & Zoon’s level 3 certification proves that its products for the leather industry meet all requirements connected to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and demonstrates improved upstream chemical management and reduction of the industry’s chemical footprint.

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Hans van Haarst indicates that Level 3 ZDHC certification does not mean that all of the work is done. “We are the preferred partner for our customers in the international markets for wet-end and finishing. To be named one of the leading companies in creating a sustainable supply chain by a respected organisation like ZDHC, is a great reward of our efforts. We achieved this through a company-wide focus on sustainability, operational excellence and outstanding customer service.” He also mentions that Smit & Zoon cannot realise a sustainable leather supply chain by itself.

Van Haarst therefore 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.”

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