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

At the level of production, we require our suppliers to comply with a ‘Manufacturer Restricted Substances List’ (MSRL) for chemicals management in production plants. It lists the pollutant limit values for chemicals and mixtures used in the factories’ manufacturing processes – unlike the RSL mentioned above, which refers to the end products. In this way, we aim to effectively reduce the use of substances that are harmful to the environment or health, and thereby prevent substantial damage to the environment and the climate.

Through our active involvement in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the AFIRM Group, we achieve synergy effects in the implementation of responsible chemical management in the supply chain, and can rely on the support of our partners. Learn more here.