Chemical discharge management


Green credentials are now a necessity for successful businesses, with environmental pressures driving immense changes within the supply chain.

For example, international organisation Greenpeace has campaigned passionately to stop industry poisoning waterways around the world with hazardous, persistent and hormone-disrupting chemicals. Since 2011, the group’s Detox campaign has highlighted a direct link between global apparel brands, their suppliers and the global phenomenon of toxic water pollution.


Numerous leading international brands have joined forces to create the Forum for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), which is committed to substantial improvements by 2020.

At Bureau Veritas, we help businesses to support this movement and our staff actively participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards, backed up by our substantial experience. For over 35 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance.

We have outlets close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, which means we offer the convenience of global coverage with local service where it is needed, along with customised and specialised services to meet quality assurance needs throughout the supply chain.
The Forum for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals seeks to phase out the following chemical groups from supply chains by 2020:

•    Phthalates (ortho-phthalates)
•    Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants
•    Azo dyes
•    Organotin compounds (e.g. TBT)
•    Chlorobenzenes
•    Chlorinated solvents
•    Chlorophenols
•    Short-chained chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs)
•    Heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium (VI))
•    APEOs/NPEs
•    Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)

Eradicating hazardous chemicals

With a long history of developing and managing Restricted Substance List programs – and with labs, sample collection staff and specialists worldwide – Bureau Veritas is perfectly positioned to assist with the commitment to eradicating hazardous chemicals discharge.