L Brands is focused on partnering with its vendors and other industry leaders to promote environmentally sensitive practices. This philosophy permeates throughout each facet of our garment production, including attention to chemical management in wastewater. We have adopted the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) as the L Brands MRSL and the Oeko-Tex® 100 Standard harmful substances value limits as our Restricted Substances List (RSL) to guide us and our suppliers in environmentally responsible product design, development and manufacturing. More specifically, we have committed to the goal of eliminating the discharge of the following 11 priority chemical categories in conjunction with the manufacturing of our apparel products by 2020:
|Phthalates||flexible plastic components, e.g. PVC, print pastes|
|Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants||sleepwear|
|Azo Dyes||dyestuffs, pigment prints|
|Organotin compounds||catalysts, inks, paints|
|Chlorobenzenes||solvents, dyestuffs, insecticides|
|Chlorinated solvents (TCE)||paint, spot removers, metal cleaners|
|Chlorophenols (PCP)||insect control, fungicides|
|Short chain chlorinated paraffins||flame retardants, leather greasing|
|Heavy metals (Cadmium, lead, mercury, and chromium VI)||dyestuffs, leather tanning, paints, alloys, pesticides|
|Alkylphenols||detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, softeners|
|Perfluorinated chemicals*||water, oil and stain repellents|
* Banned by L Brands starting in 2013
To meet that goal, we are collaborating with independent laboratories and other leading apparel companies to develop broad-based, sustainable solutions. Baseline data at key garment factories that manufacture products for the company was collected during 2013 and has been updated annually for the three tiers comprising 90 percent of the company's global apparel supply chain. Complete details are provided in the infographic below. To view the agreement that L Brands and Greenpeace entered into in January 2013, click here.
Another critical component of the success of this project is our coordinated supplier engagement, chemical management and communication strategy to ensure alignment with mills and garment vendors. Our sourcing agreements with suppliers outline their accountability in the ban and removal of the 11 priority chemical groups (including APEOs, PFCs, Phthalates). Additionally, our supplier engagement includes awareness and training that will lead to finding alternatives to chemicals of concern and greater clarity on chemical management processes and related audits.
To ensure that we are moving expeditiously and with the best thought leadership, the company is a signatory member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), an apparel and footwear brand-led alliance formed to set a new standard for environmental performance by leading the global industry towards zero discharge of targeted chemicals for all products and all pathways in their supply chains by 2020.