The responsible use of water that we require our suppliers to achieve a more sustainable production is defined in our Green Code.
In Inditex, we are not only aware of the importance of water as part of our ecosystems, we are also aware of its scarcity and the need to use it responsibly. Water is one of the key resources in the textile industry, so sustainable use of water is necessary throughout the supply chain. This is the reason that we are concerned about responsible management of water, a concern that is expressed in our Green Code.
The Green Code, the Inditex Environmental Code for manufacturers and suppliers, defines the minimum requirements for responsible environmental behaviour that should be complied with by the manufacturers and suppliers in the Inditex Group and their entire supply chain, especially mills using wet processes as part of their activity (dyehouses, tanneries, manufacturers of fake leather, printing mills and washing and finishing mills), in order to comply with the business culture of the Inditex Group, which is summarized in the Right to Wear philosophy.
Our commitment regarding the sustainable and responsible manufacturing is expressed in the following instructions, which suppliers of wet processes must comply with:
- Compliance with the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL).
- Proper management of chemical products during the manufacturing process, using the Ready to Manufacture program with The List by Inditex as relevant instrument to guarantee the compliance.
- Responsible environmental performance according to the Green to Wear Standard of environmental sustainability.
The Green to Wear Standard is a tool for action and improvement for wet processes mills. The aim of this standard is to evaluate the environmental performance of these mills, and to help them to reduce their environmental impact by applying real, practical measures to improve their environmental performance and their use of natural resources.
To achieve this, professional experts in the textile industry visit the mills to assess at first hand their real situation and to evaluate them using the Green to Wear questionnaire. This questionnaire evaluates a series of indicators intended to assess the level of sustainable and efficient management of the mill in the following areas: raw materials, water, technology and processes, chemical products, waste water, waste and energy.
In addition, in order to check correct operation of water treatment systems and compliance with the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), the mill's waste water is analysed.