Benetton unites with Greenpeace to detox supply chain

United Colors of Benetton has become the latest high-profile fashion brand to promise to detox its supply chain, agreeing to kick off the process this year by reporting on the release of hazardous chemicals.

Benetton Group, which also owns Sisley and Playlife, announced last week it would eliminate releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire global supply chain by 2020.

The Italian fashion house will join Greenpeace's Detox Program, which already includes a list of high street brands such as Nike, Adidas, H&M and Zara.

Greenpeace has been campaigning for clothes retailers to detox their supply chains since a report in 2011 found Chinese textile factories were discharging hazardous and persistent chemicals that contain hormone-disrupting properties.

"The 2020 goal demands the collective action of industry, as well as engagement of regulators and other stakeholders," the group said in a statement.

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