January 31st 2013
G-Star does not allow the use of chemicals in our products that can have a harmful effect on health or the environment. This is why we live up to strict quality and safety standards and regulations, and carefully monitor the use of chemicals in G-Star products with our G-Star Restricted Substances List (RSL). G-Star recognises that despite all measures taken, this unfortunately does not prevent that hazardous chemicals can end up in the water through certain production processes. We therefore acknowledge the urgent need to eliminate industrial releases of hazardous chemicals into the environment, and set the target to reach zero discharge of hazardous chemicals from all our products and production processes by 2020.
In 2011, G-Star was approached by Greenpeace to start the discussion on how to reach zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. Subsequently G-Star committed publically and published an action plan to integrate this target in our business activities. The progress report over 2012 is available below. G-Star will update and publish this progress report every year.
Studying G-Star’s commitment and action plan for implementation, Greenpeace took the view that G-Star should comply with the Greenpeace standards to reach a situation of zero discharge. Standards that go beyond international laws & regulations, that do not accept end of pipe solutions nor a risk management approach. During the last two weeks this has been discussed internally and this week we found a solid base in our G-Star organisation to make a Detox Solution Commitment with Greenpeace next to our existing commitment.
Read more about G-Star’s target to reach Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals here.