The correct use of chemicals in production processes, risk management and controls are essential today: international laws on the matter are becoming always more rigorous and businesses are kept under close observation by consumers and environmental movements.
Major international brands in the fashion industry are the most exposed, but effects are direct and immediate even on suppliers, who are compelled to know and apply the brands’ guidelines in order to intercept their needs.


The role of 4sustainability is to define a Protocol for  the gradual phasing-out of toxic and harmful chemicals in production processes.
In line with the ZDHC roadmap, the 4S Protocol is based on a synthesis of the requests addressed by the brands to the companies in the supply chain and the analysis of related verification methods. The result is a unique and shared method aiming to achieve common and transparent goals.
The organization structure as well as procedures, practices, responsibilities, processes and resources are taken into consideration in order to develop and implement a business plan coherent with the company’s specific needs. Audit cyclical activities contribute to improve the Plan, by adopting, if necessary, corrective actions.
In greater detail, the 4sustainability Protocol formalizes how to manage the inventory of raw materials and chemicals, as well as internal processes considered at risk.
Moving from the supply chain mapping, the Protocol also defines management control plans on suppliers according to different risk levels.
The Protocol finally defines the management methods of control plans on raw materials and finished products, as well as on chemicals in emissions.

More information on 4sustainability Protocol for Chemical Management is available for download.