Memberships towards Sustainable Development Goals

Memberships towards Sustainable Development Goals

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To achieve a sustainable supply chain that continuously improves its environmental footprint, Stahl is a member of several working groups and foundations. Stahl supports and works together with partners that share our vision of reaching the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


Our memberships for shared commitments

Stahl is member from and works together with organizations in the industry that share our vision on corporate responsibility and are in line with our activities working towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Alignment 17 Sustainable Development Goals UN Global Compact

Stahl is committed to the guiding principles of UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. With this commitment we confirm the alignment of our strategy and operations with the universal principles of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Stahl’s activities are therefore being aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), established at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.


ZHDC affiliation: Phasing out restricted substances by 2020

Stahl made a commitment to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) foundation to eliminate the substances listed on its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). In 2011 a group of major apparel and footwear brands and retailers made a shared commitment to help lead the clothing industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. Stahl became a Value Chain Affiliate in October 2016. In 2018 the company made further progress towards the 2020 goal by uploading over 1,000 compliant products to the ZDHC portal, called the ZDHC Gateway.


bluesign® system partner for replacing restricted substances

The goal of bluesign® is to link chemicals suppliers, textile manufacturers, and brands together to foster a healthy, responsible, and profitable textile and leather industry. The bluesign® system helps its partners to properly manage chemicals and to replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives in the manufacturing of textile and related products. Working towards transparency in the supply chain and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, Stahl became a bluesign®system partner in 2017 and focusses on replacing restricted substances in its products with alternatives that are compliant to the bluesign® substance list (BSSL).


Leather Working Group for environmental compliance

We are a member of the Leather Working Group, a multi-stakeholder group that aims to develop and maintain an audit protocol for assessing tanners’ environmental compliance and to promote sustainable practices in the leather processing industry.


TEWEGA member for responsible chemical management

Stahl is a member of TEWEGA (German association of specialty chemicals for textile and leather treatment), a group of chemical manufacturers supplying the leather, textile and paper industries. TEGEWA’s purpose is to identify, review and make recommendations on topics relevant for the industry. Stahl is an active participant in the group, especially on topics related to chemicals management and the safety and health of workers who may be handling chemicals in the garment and footwear supply chain.


Membership UNIDO for responsible chemical management

The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. UNIDO’s e-learning courses, designed to promote good practices and responsible chemical management in leather tanneries, is fully supported by Stahl and we promote it in the areas where it is needed. Indeed Stahl’s recent sustainability seminars in India were conducted in conjunction with UNIDO.


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Memberships towards Sustainable Development Goals
Michael Costello
Director of Sustainability