Produce responsibly
Responsible for the planet


Closing the loop requires the responsible management and the safe use of all production inputs, such as chemicals, and the control of all production outputs and emissions, such as wastewater and – eventually – the product itself.

Esprit Detox Commitment

In December of 2012, we signed the Greenpeace Detox Commitment, starting our effort to phase out eleven groups of hazardous chemicals from our supply chain by 2020.

To achieve “zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020”, we launched a major Detox program within our supply chain. The program is based on building awareness and knowledge among our wet processing suppliers about chemical and environmental management, process control and wastewater testing.  We also became member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group (ZDHC), working alongside leading brands from the industry to develop the tools and protocols to empower the entire supply chain.

In January 2017 and September 2017 we published reviews of our Detox Commitment, which give an overview of what has already been achieved and what are our targets for the future.

Our progress

We are proud of our achievements under the Detox commitment, which show significant progress toward the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. 

Greenpeace’s assessment of our performance, published in the most recent July 2018 Detox Catwalk report, highlights the positive progress we have made so far.

Our Buying and Sourcing teams play a very important role in achieving our targets, e.g. wastewater testing as well the social compliance performance of factories. Therefore, we have included targets in the bonus agreements with our people in procurement.


Esprit chemical standards
Environmental audits
Case studies on chemical substitution
Wastewater testing
Safe products