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China: Nike commits to eliminating hazardous chemicals in its supply chain

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23 August 2011

Adidas Chemical Coalition ‘to Respond to Greenpeace Claims'

Author: Environmental Leader

Adidas is in talks with competitors, including Nike and Puma, to develop a response to Greenpeace’s intensifying campaign on chemicals in the supply chain, Business Green reports. Speaking to BusinessGreen, an Adidas spokeswoman told the website that the company has also had talks with H&M and Pentland, which makes Lacoste shoes, about creating an industry-wide collaboration to develop chemical management programs...A spokesman for Greenpeace told Business Green the organization welcomed the news, but he urged Adidas to commit to an individual action plan. [also refers to Abercombie & Fitch, Adidas, Calvin Klein (part of Phillips-Van Heusen), Converse (part of Nike), G-Star RAW, H&M, Kappa (part of BasicNet), Li Ning, Nike, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Uniqlo, Youngor]

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18 August 2011

Nike commits to champion a toxic-free future [China]

Author: Greenpeace East Asia

The world's #1 sportswear brand, Nike, has accepted our Detox challenge: today it has officially committed to eliminating all hazardous chemicals across its entire supply chain, and the entire life-cycle of its products by 2020. This is a major win for our campaign to protect the planet’s precious water, and create a toxic-free future…Puma was first to…[announce] that it would go toxic-free…Nike also agreed to address the issue of the public's “right to know” by ensuring full transparency about the chemicals being released from its suppliers’ factories…Can Adidas top that?...[Just] because Nike’s taking the lead shouldn’t mean Adidas or other clothing companies can simply throw in the towel...Adidas have a lot of ground to make up...[They] need to get in the game by committing to zero discharge and really take the lead by developing a new culture of transparency...

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13 July 2011

Greenpeace report links western firms to Chinese river polluters

Author: Jonathan Watts, Guardian [UK]

A Chinese conglomerate supplying...leading brands has discharged hormone-disrupting chemicals and other toxins into the country's major water systems, according to a new Greenpeace investigation... [Greenpeace] has also linked hazardous textile plants in the Yangtze and Pearl river deltas to..international fashion brands despite many of those companies' claims to set high environmental standards in their supply chains...The Youngor facility...near Shanghai...was found to have discharged nonylphenol, an endocrine disruptor that builds up in the food chain, perfluorinated chemicals, which can have an adverse effect on the liver and sperm counts, as well as a cocktail of other toxins...Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M and Lacoste [part of Devanlay] have confirmed a business relationship with Youngor though all denied making use of the plant's wet processes, which are likely to be responsible for the pollution discharges into the Fenghua river. "Adidas does not source fabrics from Youngor Group, which would involve the use of dyestuffs, chemicals and their associated water treatment processes," the company said in a statement. "We continue to engage with Greenpeace and have offered our full support and cooperation... Puma also said its involvement was limited to a non-polluting subsidiary that it regularly audited...H&M said its business partner, Ningbo Youngor Yingchen Uniform, was a discrete legal entity...that did not contribute to discharges into the Fenghua river..."However, we share the general concern about discharges of hazardous chemicals into the environment," H&M said..."We are not accusing...[these companies] of being evil, we are challenging them to take the lead on eliminating toxins," said Li Yifang, who headed the investigation at the Greenpeace China office. ",,,[W]e ask Nike and the others to help phase them out over a reasonable time frame. That would send a signal to the whole industry"...[also refers to Apple, Well Dyeing Factory]

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