ZDHC Foundation has launched a new online portal for chemical management training. The ZDHC Academy enables apparel brands and textile manufacturers to receive certified training to improve their knowledge and practice of responsible chemical management.
The Academy claims the release of the platform is significant for the ZDHC programme as it shifts its focus from the development of tools to implementation. The Academy is entering a critical phase of collaborative implementation.
ZDHC's training co-lead and senior corporate responsibility manager at UK retailer Tesco said that developing safer chemical management standards is one thing, but to truly eliminate hazardous chemicals, the next step is to educate and support those working in mills, factories and even within brands, to understand how to implement these standards.
Aimed at manufacturers and suppliers, the ZDHC Academy is currently offering its first course ‘An Introduction to Chemical Management in the Textile Industry’. The first training courses will start in February in countries like Bangladesh, India, Italy, Turkey and Vietnam.
Going forward, the ZDHC Academy will provide accredited training modules in up to 20 countries and expand to include additional courses and e-learning possibilities. The platform offers the ability to organise and administer tailor-made chemical management training modules and incorporates brand specific requirements.