11 July 2016
Inditex tops the Detox Catwalk 2016 ranking for its use of sustainable chemical products
Greenpeace has ranked Inditex at the top of its Detox Catwalk 2016 classification, which selects and rates the garment makers it sees as deploying standard-setting practices in the use of sustainable chemical products. According to the NGO, Inditex has achieved "AVANT-GARDE" status and is ahead of the curve in the unfolding shift towards the use of clean products in its sector.
Inditex is described by Greenpeace as one of the organisations "with the safest and most environmentally-responsible production chains", also stressing the company's efforts to monitor its suppliers' discharges into wastewater on an ongoing basis. The NGO describes Inditex's work on the transparency front, having publicly disclosed its list of wet process suppliers, as "exemplary". Against this backdrop, Greenpeace alludes to the company's Detox 2020 Plan which embodies the "clean factory" approach for the elimination and phase-out of an extensive list of hazardous substances from its manufacturing processes.
Greenpeace also refers to Inditex's timely compliance with its commitment to eliminating perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), having already replaced them with safer alternatives available in the marketplace, and to its root causes programme for determining the source of hazardous chemicals when they occur.