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Managing hazardous substances along the textile and leather supply chains is no longer optional.

Brands and consumers want to know what chemicals have been used, how they have been managed and any risks mitigated. SGS’s Hazardous Substance Control (HSC) Workshop enables industry professionals to mitigate chemical risk and meet brands' expectations.

It takes more than 40 types of chemicals to turn cotton from its raw state into a finished product; more than 30 types of chemicals to turn animal hide into a leather belt. How can so many potentially hazardous substances be managed across the many production processes involved?

Watch the video and learn how our HSC Workshop can help.

SGS recently held a number of HSC Workshops for global retailer H&M, whose Global Environmental Supply Chain Responsible, Miss Sheila Shek, said: “H&M has been working hard to ensure factories in our supply chain have the capability for chemical management. In order to enhance their competence levels, we worked with SGS to run the HSC workshop program at a global level. These workshops focus on key chemical management concepts and tools that can be applied in the production process, which are important and can be practically applied in the daily operation of a supply chain. We believe this workshop is a crucial step for the industry to achieve the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.”

This comprehensive and practical one day workshop, including a combination of seminars and interactive learning sessions, delivers modular training that is process specific, and covers every stage of the textile and footwear manufacturing process, such as dyeing, printing, washing and finishing, and in the leather tanning process. It introduces attendees to the concept of chemical flow management and how to create a traceability system, as well as how to identify, manage and mitigate risk.

For further information, please contact:

Kris Wan
Global Softlines Development Office
17/F, The Octagon, 6 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
t: +852 2774 7492

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world.