The factories are assessed on the following. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, which you can read in this document.

The factories that produce BESTSELLER products must comply with all applicable environment and chemical laws in their jurisdiction. This includes adherence to the permits, authorisations, licenses, registrations, certificates, waste/effluent treatment contracts, and other compliance requirements.

BESTSELLER uses the Higg Facility Environment Module (FEM) tool as one part of its environmental performance evaluation for factories in our supply chain. All key factories of BESTSELLER need to adopt the Higg FEM so we can measure environmental performance across seven impact areas: environmental management systems, water use, wastewater, chemical use, waste management, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The use of Higg FEM means this data is consistently recorded and tracked across all sourcing markets.

BESTSELLER requires all factories involved in the creation of our products to have a clearly defined and effectively implemented EMS. An effective EMS is essential in order to understand and address potential risks and impacts, to achieve legal compliance, and to work towards continuous environmental improvement.

BESTSELLER requires factories to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the total amount of energy used at their facility and/or by switching to cleaner fuel sources. To achieve the goal, all factories should identify and track all sources of energy that are used and set a normalised baseline for energy use. They are also required to set targets with accompanying action plans and demonstrate progress.

Beyond comply with local laws and ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines, all wastewater from both industrial processes and domestic processes must be treated onsite before being pumped out of the facility –or it must be sent to an approved and licensed treatment centre. Uncontrolled discharge of untreated wastewater is a zero-tolerance issue for BETSELLER and will result in a halt on orders.

To ensure our products are meeting the standard set in the RSL, we have a Chemical Testing Programme, which must be followed by all manufacturers. Testing is performed based on risk, suppliers that are unable to meet the Chemical Restrictions are placed under ‘observation’, and a high level of product chemical testing is required. You can read more about our Chemical Testing regime below.

Factories with wet process should identify and track the quantity of water the facility withdraws from all sources and set normalised baseline for water use and identify which factors (processes, machines or operations) contribute most to water use on site.

Factories are required to track all hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams, record and report the volume generated and disposal method for all hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams. All waste must be properly segregated and stored, and workers must be trained in the handling of all hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams.

Factories must know sources of air emissions from operations and onsite processes.

Promoting environmental stewardship

Safeguarding product safety: Chemicals

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