Superdry and Suppliers
ZDHC requires a detailed understanding of best practises and how to implement them, in addition to regular reporting on all chemicals used and stored. For this reason, the Superdry ZDHC Programme takes a holistic approach, with the focus placed on training Suppliers and developing their knowledge. Training sessions are led by our UK Compliance Team and supported by Chemical Compliance Champions in our Regional Offices.
Initially working with our Top 30 Suppliers – our largest Tier 1 supply partners and some of our specialist product producers – we created personalised development and training programmes to build their understanding and engagement. The monthly training sessions have featured expert speakers from the ZDHC foundation as well as implementation specialists from Bureau Veritas (our independent testing partner). Through ZDHC’s Supplier to Zero initiative, Suppliers have access to guidance documents, success stories from others on the compliance journey and a certification system to recognise their progress and achievement.
The speed of progress has allowed us to expand the programme to include all Tier 1 Suppliers: 100% of Superdry Tier 1 Supplier factories now have a registered profile on the ZDHC Gateway and are actively engaged on their individual Supplier to Zero journey. We have also started working with our Tier 2 suppliers – wash houses, dye houses and printers – who are being trained in the same key ZDHC principles through training sessions delivered in their local languages.
To date (February 2023) over 40% of Superdry’s Tier 1 and 2 Suppliers having achieved ZDHC Foundational level or higher.