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Traceability in the textiles value chain

The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Chemicals in Products to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to addressing Chemicals in Products (CiP). This is a summary of the discussion on Traceability in the textiles value chain, which took place on 11 November 2021.

Presenters: Ahmad Ansari (ZDHC)

Traceability in the textile values chain refers to the ability to trace a product’s lifecycle from beginning to end (e.g., from raw material to the consumer level). Traceability is an important concept when considering the source of chemicals and the potential impact these chemicals may have on the environment and people along their journey through the value chain. Achieving full traceability is another step toward ensuring sound chemicals management which is often not an easy task given the complexity of the value chain and the number of stakeholders involved at each step.