Safe chemicals

Products free of harmful substances

At the product level, the s.Oliver Group uses a Restricted Substances List (RSL). The list contains clear guidelines on the absence of harmful substances and threshold values for the level of chemical substances in the end product. It follows the AFIRM Group guidelines as well as industry standards, for example the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. As part of our quality guideline catalogue, the RSL is integrated into the contracts with our suppliers, to ensure compliance in production. Our suppliers carry out standard preliminary checks. In addition, we ourselves regularly check practically all the components of a garment, such as the fabric, lining, buttons and zippers, for the parameters listed in the RSL, for all our collections. The products are tested for factors such as carcinogenic azo dyes, allergy-inducing dyes, and other substances harmful to health or the environment.

The marketability of our products is guaranteed by compliance with the legal limit values (according to REACH regulation, consumer goods regulation, etc.). The use of ‘Substances of Very High Concern’ (SVHC) according to the REACH regulation is also regulated in the company’s own RSL.


Use of chemicals in production

For chemical management in production plants, we require our suppliers to comply with a "Manufacturer Restricted Substances List" (MSRL). This contains pollutant limits for chemicals and mixtures used in manufacturing processes in the factories - in contrast to the Restricted Substances List (RSL), which applies to end products. In this way, we aim to sustainably reduce the use of substances that are harmful to the environment or health and thus prevent substantial damage to the environment and climate.

In order to monitor compliance with the requirements, we are working to establish an Environmental Compliance Program. The program modules focus on two areas: the use of chemicals and the management of wastewater.

A digitally supported inventory management system is intended to create greater transparency and security for all chemicals used in production. Listing the chemical inventory in a digital app enables us to work with our suppliers to replace hazardous substances with more environmentally friendly ones.

Our targets for 2022: To have conducted a chemical check at 100% of all direct producers (Tier 1) and at 50% of all wet process units at producers and indirect suppliers (Tier 2) by the end of the year in China, Bangladesh and Turkey.

In wastewater management, we are strengthening our requirements beyond country-specific regulations, which will be replaced by the industry standard of ZDHC (Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals) and will be monitored through regular testing. Our target: By the end of 2022, 50% of our factories will have submitted a wastewater test.