Every day, new possibilities emerge to reduce the environmental impact of the industry. Stahl has fully embraced that responsibility, because as market leader in surface treatment and coating solutions for flexible materials, we believe innovation and the promotion of responsible practices throughout the supply chain can make the difference. During ACLE 2018, this will be a core quality of the products and solutions we show, the services we offer and the knowledge we like to share.
Committed to Non-hazardous solutions
In October 2016, Stahl became a value chain affiliate of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) foundation. We are determined to provide bio-based and biodegradable alternatives to the market and reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals in our solutions to zero. Much of our portfolio, like the Stahl EVO® polyurethane coatings for synthetics and Stahl Neo leather finishes, are already compliant with the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). By cooperating through initiatives like the ZDHC, we believe we are creating better standards for the industry.
Transparency for a better supply chain
Of course, cleaner and safer products are a lofty goal, but only achievable through a better supply chain. That is the reason Stahl values partnerships, because working together allows us to combine strengths and insights and work towards a more transparent and responsible supply chain.
To achieve this, we take our social responsibility and work together with NGO’s, industry experts and governments on various projects to innovate leather production and reduce the environmental footprint:
- Leather Tanning Mission to Zimbabwe
- Green Tanning Initiative, Ethiopia
- Clean Ganga Project, India
- Sustainability Roadshows, Pakistan & Bangladesh
A better future through education
In our Centers of Excellence all over the world, we work side by side with industry professionals and provide training through our Stahl Campus® program. This way, we put our knowledge and expertise at the disposal of the industries we serve. We cooperate with our customers to find the right solutions and support technicians, brands, manufacturers, OEMs and students with new insights and knowledge to improve their operations. To extend these trainings to future professionals, we have also established partnerships with various educational institutes. With the University of Northampton, we have even set up a post-graduate program and established partnerships with various educational institutes and universities. This way, Stahl can contribute to the development of future industry professionals that value responsible practices.
Sustainability is in our DNA
Sustainability is at the core of what Stahl does. In our yearly Sustainability Report, you can read about our efforts to meet the highest standards with our solutions, methods and responsibility. We believe in leading by example. Read our report here.