Chem-MAP® Case Study: LANXESS Engages with c-MAP Programme

Global chemical company LANXESS has engaged with Chem-MAP® on the c-MAP programme to become Chem-MAP® Certified and to achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 3.

Why did LANXESS choose to engage with Chem-MAP®?

LANXESS chose to be engaged with Chem-MAP® via the c-MAP programme, as it offers an optimized system for a chemical company with a developed sustainability profile like our own. The concept of the three modules on the c-MAP programme makes the most efficient use of LANXESS’ existing testing regime, chemical know how, product stewardship and supply chain surveillance to demonstrate ZDHC MRSL compliance. Add this to the established position of Eurofins | BLC in the leather supply chain, and for LANXESS, Chem-MAP® is the logical choice.
     – Martin Kleban, Director HSEQ, Business Unit Leather, LANXESS.

About the c-MAP programme

c-MAP is a specially designed programme within the Chem-MAP® family, aimed at providing commercial value to chemical manufacturers and their product portfolios. The c-MAP programme consists of three modules:

  1. Testing (compulsory for Levels 1 and 3)
  2. Auditing (optional – compulsory for Level 3 only)
  3. Transparency (optional – compulsory for Level 3 only)

Achieving ZDHC Conformance Level 1 through c-MAP

Completion of c-MAP MRSL Testing Module – To achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 1, the chemical content of LANXESS’ chemical formations will be verified to the ZDHC MRSL through MRSL testing. This enables LANXESS to list ZDHC MRSL compliant chemicals on the ZDHC Gateway, demonstrating the company’s commitment to responsible chemical management.

Achieving ZDHC Conformance Level 3 through c-MAP

Completion of the c-MAP Chemical Management Audit Module & c-MAP Chemical Supply Chain Transparency Module – To achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 3, an assessment of LANXESS’ manufacturing sites will be made through on-site audits with a focus on supplier management and chemical procurement.

In addition, an assessment of transparency will be carried out, focusing on supplier selection and onboarding, supplier auditing, sub-contracted activities, and MRSL testing of raw materials.

Upon successful completion of the c-MAP route, LANXESS will become Chem-MAP® Certified and achieve ZDHC Level 3 Conformance.

LANXESS: Global partner to the leather industry

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing, and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals, and plastics.

Chemicals from LANXESS are used in tanneries throughout the world. The portfolio comprises virtually every type of product required for the efficient and sustainable manufacture of high-quality leather and covers all stages of the manufacturing process, from the beamhouse and the wet end right through to the finishing. It includes specialties for the beamhouse operations, inorganic and synthetic tanning materials, preservatives, fatliquoring agents, dyestuffs, pigments and tanning and finishing auxiliaries. We are driven by a consistent focus on innovation and quality leadership. Through the development and introduction of efficient and environment-friendly technologies we support our customers in their endeavours to ensure the sustainability and future viability of the leather industry.

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