Roadmap to Zero

A&E Gütermann is proud to be a member of the ZDHC initiative. ZDHC stands for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals and is a programme, which is led by the non-profit association ZDHC. More than 20 renowned companies from the textile and footwear industries have joined forces in this initiative, committed to improving the environment and health through the elimination of hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing process.
The ZDHC initiative focuses on the following areas:
  • Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL*) & Conformity Guidance
  • Wastewater Quality
  • Audit Protocol
  • Research
  • Data and Disclosure as well as
  • Training
As a leader in the textile industry, who is actively engaged in environmental protection and corporate responsibility, we are working together with leading brands to drive industry-wide change in responsible chemicals management.
Actively supporting the objectives of the ZDHC initiative, A&E Gütermann is committed to compliance with the MRSL *. In addition to the targeted improvement of our global water quality and our CO2 emission values, we are working intensively on new ways of achieving our sustainability goals on a long-term base. This also includes regular internal and external sustainability audits at our production sites. Below please find the prioritized chemicals, we have committed to eliminate:
*Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL): Download PDF / 8.68 MB

„Chemical management must be the baseline of any organisation's sustainability efforts, regardless of their geographical location and exposure.” 
Frank Michel, Executive Director ZDHC Group
Further information about the ZDHC initiative can be found at: Roadmap to Zero