RSL/MRSL STANDARDS

Brands and Retailers restrict chemicals that are harmful to human health or the environment in their final products through the Restricted Substances List (RSL). The RSLs help to communicate these restrictions to all stakeholders in their supply chain.

Development of RSLs requires expertise and specialized knowledge in chemical management. These documents also need to be updated regularly to include new substances that may be of concern due to:

  • Global Legislation
  • Eco-toxicological findings
  • NGO Campaigns
  • Precautionary Principle

Restrictions on harmful substances in chemical formulations has also been initiated by ZDHC through the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List or MRSL.

NimkarTek offers services to Apparel and Footwear Brands and Retailers to develop and/or update their chemical restriction documents (RSL/MRSL). The service includes:

  • Benchmarking a Brand’s existing RSL document with industry standards, global legislation and toxicological studies
  • Designing the RSL/MRSL document to include latest chemical restriction requirements to meet a Brand’s product profile and global obligations
  • Developing Chemical Policy documents for implementation of the RSL/MRSL requirements within a Brand’s supply chain

CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT MANUAL/GUIDEBOOK:

Conformance to chemical restrictions or the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) goals requires knowledge and understanding of Chemical Management Best Practices. Supplier facilities where maximum use and discharge of chemicals takes place- such as fabric mills, dyehouses, garment washing units and printers – should implement systems to manage their procurement, use, handling, storage and disposal of chemicals within their premises.

NimkarTek offers services to design and develop Chemical Management Manuals or Guidebooks for a Brand or Retailer, which can be communicated down the supply chain to provide a helping hand to supplier facilities to implement best practices in chemical management. The Guidebooks are designed in a simplistic and pictorial manner and includes ready- to- use formats for basic practices. The topics covered in the Manual are:

  • Need for chemical management
  • Chemical Inventory Risk Assessment
  • Chemical Procurement Practices
  • Chemical Storage and Handling Practices
  • Monitoring chemical restrictions in finished products and wastewater
  • Hazardous Waste Management

DATA MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING

NimkarTek offers back-end support to Brands & Retailers to map and manage their data related to their sustainability initiatives. Our team can collate data from supply chain stakeholders directly and prepare comprehensive Reports for publishing on the Brand’s website or CSR Report or for public disclosure.

Some data management projects carried out for global Brands are:

  • Compiling data on bi-annual wastewater test results from suppliers
  • Uploading test results of wastewater discharge from supplier facilities on IPE website
  • Preparing and uploading Case Studies on Subsport website
  • Preparing Reports on special projects related to Detox/ZDHC/Chemical Strategy based on data collation and interpretation