Archroma-Sustainability-Report-FY2018 - Flipbook - Page 28
Of high importance to our value chains – more focus is being made to ensure that products used in
manufacture do not pose a health and safety risk to the users and final consumers. Environmental health
is referred to under the other topics of climate change, resource optimization, wastewater and waste
The Product Stewardship organization is fully integrated within Archroma’s processes in order to ensure
that hazardous chemical risks are identified and controlled. Current and future knowledge of regulatory
authorities’ requirements, often specific to countries and regions, is essential. In addition, other value chain
stakeholders influence market demand (consumers, brands, NGOs) and the resultant required specification
in order to manage the risk of chemistry that poses a hazard to consumers and the environment. All these
requirements have to be gathered, consolidated and communicated to all related internal stakeholders
to ensure that product design, innovation, registration, production and resultant application conforms
to these changing requirements. The Product Stewardship organization has the gatekeeper function
for raw material sourcing and production processes. An essential process required in specialty chemical
manufacturing is a competent chemical inventory management system incorporated in master data
The Product Stewardship organization has three dedicated testing laboratories at its disposal in order
to control and confirm product compliance to market-related restricted substance lists specifications,
in addition to regulatory requirements. These laboratories are located in Pakistan, India and China.
In order to support the necessary regulatory support processes and market required compliance
certifications, we have invested in a dedicated global team, trained and qualified with the necessary
scientific knowledge in order to deliver the highest standard of product stewardship in the industry.
How we interact with the respective value chains is reported under the topic of communication.
In addition to conforming to the regulatory and market specific requirements concerning limitation of
hazardous substances, we also examine ways in which we can deliver products which not only comply with,
but dramatically exceed current levels of purity. This is in line with Archroma challenging the status quo.
An example of this during this reporting period was the development of DenisolTM Pure Indigo. Our market
analysis revealed that aniline was starting to appear on various market-related restricted substance lists
in the textile industry. Aniline is a substance which is hazardous both to the environment and to human
health. Consequently we conducted a risk analysis on our product portfolio to determine levels of aniline
within our products and initiated a research project in 2016 to determine whether improvements could be
possible to reduce aniline exposure.
Indigo, which is predominantly used in the textile denim industry, is a colorant which contains aniline as
an unnecessary contaminant, with levels often exceeding 6 000 ppm.
A direct result of this project was the development of our pre-reduced indigo product DenisolTM
Pure Indigo 30 Liquid, which contains levels of aniline below the limits of detection according to industry
standard test methods.
This product was introduced to the market in May 2018, bulk production started in our Jamshoro plant,
Pakistan, in September 2018. Further information with an explanatory video can be found at
At Archroma, we focus on safety because, “It’s our nature to protect”. For our innovation efforts, this means
making chemical products that are safe to manufacture, safe to use by our customers, safe for consumers
using our products, and safe for our environment at every stage of our products lifecycle. To enable this,
we have developed a market-related Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), designed to limit
unintended hazardous substance contaminants in our commercial formulations. This allows us to
communicate our commitment for product safety to external stakeholders in a robust and efficient manner.
Through effective portfolio management, we are committed to optimizing our entire product range so that
by the end of 2023 all of our commercial formulations meet the criteria of this policy, the Archroma MRSL.
For our downstream stakeholders, this means we take a continuous improvement approach to minimizing
and eliminating toxic and hazardous chemical ingredients and impurities from our products. This
approach is important, because we are always learning more about the impacts of chemicals, and we
want to always be a leader in safe products.
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