New Water Discharge Monitoring Service Offers a Lifeline to Textiles Suppliers and Big Name Brands

New Water Discharge Monitoring Service Offers a Lifeline to Textiles Suppliers
                             and Big Name Brands

  PR Newswire

  HONG KONG, April 19, 2013

HONG KONG, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Textiles manufacturers faced with challenging new water discharge commitments
have been handed a lifeline by quality assessment specialists Bureau Veritas.
A new 'Zero Discharge' scheme from one of the world leaders in testing,
inspection and certification services is designed to help the textiles
industry clean up the world's waterways and achieve ambitious targets around
environmental performance.

NGOs, environmental campaigners, national governments and international bodies
are all putting pressure on companies to eliminate pollution of the world's
waterways. Greenpeace has run a high-profile and successful campaign to stop
industrial poisoning of waterways with hazardous, persistent and
hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Retail companies know bad publicity around environmental risks can severely
damage a brand, resulting in lower sales and profits. A raft of household name
brands have signed up to a zero discharge commitment. Their suppliers, the
majority based across Asia, must now also meet those commitments, or risk
losing valuable contracts.

The pledge commits the brands and their suppliers to the public disclosure of
discharge information and the elimination of hazardous chemicals including
heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium (VI)), APEO (Alkyl Phenol
Ethoxylates), phthalates as well as brominated and chlorinated flame
retardants. The commitment sets the ambitious target of 'Zero Discharge' of
hazardous chemicals by 2020.

In response to industry needs, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, the
leading provider of safety, compliance and quality assurance services, has
launched a Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals solution. The service helps
companies know where they stand with regards to water pollution through
establishing policies, environmental auditing, taking samples for collection
and testing with detailed and extensive reporting. The service also includes
establishing measures for continuous improvement.

Dr. Samuel Wong, Senior Director, Technical Consultation Office, Greater China
of Bureau Veritas said, "Our new zero discharge service has been designed to
help manufacturers eliminate pollution of waterways and demonstrate their
environmental credentials so they can meet the needs of clients and remain
part of the textiles supply chain. Water testing is one of the pillars of the
service, with 11 priority chemicals initially targeted. To implement the
service, we are able to utilise our network of specialist labs across Asia,
with more to follow in the Americas and Europe."

For many decades, Bureau Veritas has worked successfully with top
manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk
and regulatory compliance. For more information on Bureau Veritas Consumer
Products Services and its Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals services,
please see .

About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in testing, inspection and certification
services. Founded in 1828, the group has almost 59,000 employees in more than
940 offices and 340 laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas
helps its clients to improve their Performances by offering innovative
services and solutions in order to ensure that their products, infrastructure
and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and
safety, environment protection and social responsibility.

Bureau Veritas' Consumer Products Services division is a leading global
quality assurance provider for the global consumer product and retail markets.
It offers an array of Specialized services including testing, inspections,
audits and engineering services for a wide range of consumer products
including hard goods, toys and juvenile products, soft goods, premiums,
electrical and electronic products, food products, health, beauty and
household products.

Bureau Veritas is listed on the Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20
index (Compartment A, code ISIN FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI). 

For company details, please visit:

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Website: (Global) /

Contact: For general enquiry, please contact: Bureau Veritas Consumer Products
Services. Europe, Alexa Besnard, Email:,
+44-(0)7837-867-840. Americas, Margaret Collopy, Email: Asia, Flora Wong, Email:
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