World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Limited Brands Commits To Detox: Victoria’s Secret Exposed

Limited Brands Commits To Detox After Victoria’s Secret Is Exposed

Amsterdam, January 22, 2013 – Limited Brands, owner of iconic underwear labels Victoria’s Secret and La Senza, today committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its global supply chain and across all of its brands and products by 2020, in response to Greenpeace's global Detox campaign.

It is now the 14th global corporation to make a credible Detox commitment and the first to provide an explicit process that will ensure the total elimination of phthalates [1]. This comes after Greenpeace investigations [2] revealed the presence of a hormone-disrupting phthalate in underwear purchased from Victoria’s Secret in the United States.

“Limited Brands has the chance to move from toxic villain to ‘Detox angel’ with its commitment to completely eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its supply chains and products. The onus is now on the company to follow up on its ambitious statement and quickly turn words into action,” said Marietta Harjono, Detox campaigner at Greenpeace International.

As part of its commitment, Limited Brands will disclose discharge data from 80 percent of its entire global supply chain by the end of 2013, further accelerating the transparency revolution that is taking place in the sector due to the Detox campaign. This disclosure will empower people living near manufacturing facilities providing information on what is being discharged into their environment.

“Limited Brands considers clean water as a critical global issue, and is proud to join Greenpeace in its campaign to eliminate hazardous chemical use,” said Sam Fried, Executive Vice President for Law, Policy & Governance at Limited Brands.

As part of its announcement, Limited Brands also provided a concrete elimination date for all perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), committing to a total ban of the chemical group by July 2015 [3]. Its commitment will apply to all of the brands under the Limited Brands umbrella, and for all products sold from the company’s approximately 3,000 owned and franchised stores across the world.

Greenpeace’s Detox campaign demands fashion brands commit to zero discharge of all hazardous chemicals by 2020 and require their suppliers to disclose all releases of toxic chemicals from their facilities to communities at the site of the water pollution.

--

Notes:

1) As part of the measures to ban phthalates, Limited Brands has committed to initiate an investigation into the current compliance to this requirement, reporting the findings to the public by the end of June 2013, and strengthening its supplier contract language to ensure only phthalate-free chemical formulations are utilised by the end of June 2013.

For more information, along with the entire Detox commitment, please visit: http://www.limitedbrands.com/responsibility/our_responsibility.aspx

2) Results can be found in Greenpeace International’s investigative report “Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch Up”, available at: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/Campaign-reports/Toxics-reports/Big-Fashion-Stitch-Up/

3) Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are man made chemicals widely used by industry for their non-stick and water-repellent properties. In the textile industry they are used to make textile and leather products both water and stain-proof. These chemicals have been shown to affect the liver as well as acting as hormone disruptors, altering levels of growth and reproductive hormones.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Peace Deal ‘first Step’ In Resolving South Sudan Crisis

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine More>>

Yemen: Killing Or Maiming An Average Of Eight Children A Day

Killing or maiming an average of eight children a day, ‘brutal’ Yemen conflict must end – UNICEF More>>

Changing Habits/behaviours Key To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy can be caused by factors such as negative beliefs based on myths, misinformation. Fear of needles can be a factor for refusal. Photo: PAHO/WHO More>>

Burundi: Ban Condemns Assassination Of Senior Army Officer

Refugees from Burundi in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Naomi Frerotte United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Jean Bikomagu, who ... More>>

Deadly Industrial Explosions In Northern China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the injuries to scores of people as a result of deadly explosions in Tianjin, China. More>>

UN Urges Action To Tackle Deepening Refugee Crisis In Greece

A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey, near Skala Sykaminias, Greece. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell More>>

Probe Into Those Responsible For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The US Vessel Cape Ray, on which all 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas were removed from Syria and safely destroyed as the ship sailed in international waters in 2014. Photo: US Dept. of Transportation More>>

Myanmar Election: UNICEF Urges Prioritisation Of Children

With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner More>>

Liberia Thousands Of Unregistered Children Born During Ebola Crisis

Thousands of unregistered children born in Liberia during Ebola crisis at risk of exploitation – UNICEF More>>

UN Refugee Agency Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Myanmar

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt (left) in Myitkyina township, Kachin State, Myanmar, meeting with some of the 100,000 displaced people who currently live there. Photo: UNHCR/T.Stoddart More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news