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Our vision. Our mission.
Pioneer for sustainable manufacturing in the industry
BLUESIGN is a true millennial. The company was not only founded in 2000, it set out to change the standard mentality within the industry.
The millennium not only marked a new era, but for many people throughout the world, it also represented a switch in mindset. Dirty waters, smoggy air and tainted soils – the global environmental burden as a result of human action increasingly became clearer. Immediate action was urgent.
This question was posed from the very beginning of BLUESIGN. In 1997, in Switzerland, an effort was made to develop a textile product with the lowest possible environmental burden, resource-improving production as well as augmented safety for workers and consumers. In order to make this concept accessible to as many textile companies as possible, an independent company was formed from the project: BLUESIGN. The founding goal was to motivate suppliers, manufacturers and top brands to reduce the overall footprint of textiles, with a particular focus on the chemicals used.
Years before the REACH regulation went into force, BLUESIGN laid the groundwork for its comprehensive chemical management with the most comprehensive list in the world of chemical substances, the Restricted Substances List (RSL). Today, the RSL includes over 900 chemical substances and approximately 600 substance bans.
With its unique risk-based chemical assessment, which is supported by the first non-company specific Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), more than 20,000 chemical products from the industry were identified and classified. With the introduction of the first positive list for textile chemicals, hundreds of tons of hazardous chemicals could be replaced with safe alternatives in the global manufacture of textile products. As a result, the risk to people and the environment were drastically lowered.
Advising companies with regard to resource-improving production reduces the impacts on people and the environment while saving money. BLUESIGN, along with the leading manufacturers of textile chemicals, is convinced that the use of the best technology available, smarter chemistry and intelligent processes allows for tremendous savings to be achieved globally – a significant portion of which would contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With BLUESIGN’s introduction of the Cloud Computing Solution, an additional ten thousand textile consumer products can be traced from the product level all the way down to the chemical supplier (known as Tier 3).
As a result, BLUESIGN, with its partners, is responsible for a considerable portion of all detox efforts in the industry, which results in the consumer being able to wear textile products that are increasingly being manufactured responsibly.
The Input Stream Management approach from BLUESIGN has become the recognized solution and is used in diverse initiatives as the basis for chemical management. BLUESIGN sets the benchmark for sustainable production in the industry with the bluesign® SYSTEM solution. The number of partner companies is increasing yearly, including worldwide fashion brands, manufacturers of athletic and outdoor clothing as well as important chemical manufacturers and textile producers. Over 600 companies already use bluesign® SERVICES to increase their sustainability performance. And thus also their competitive advantage. They have avowed themselves to environmental responsibility and demonstrate that people and the environment matter to them.
As a solution provider, BLUESIGN acts as an independent verifier to ensure trust and transparency. We support the industry and its efforts to improve sustainable processes, step by step.
Chemists, engineers and technical specialists from different sectors make up our BLUESIGN team. Our professional experience and areas of competency are varied and are ideally supplemented by our common drive to motivate the textile industry to act sustainably.
Protect the good and make the best better – that is the Swiss spirit for which BLUESIGN is noted today. It inspired an international team of experts from more than 80 specialties to work together at BLUESIGN. They accompany partners throughout the world in using fewer hazardous chemicals in resource-improving processes.
BLUESIGN is integrated in a joint network of stakeholders. While BLUESIGN provides a range of extensive services, the joint effort of all our partners is necessary to reduce the industry’s impact on people and the environment and to drive the industry toward resource-conserving manufacturing of consumer products.
bluesign technologies is led by a dynamic group of individuals with many years of experience in the textile and chemical industries. The management uses its experience and expertise to enhance the manufacturing processes of its customers while cultivating a positive movement toward sustainability in the textile industry.
Jill Dumain stepped into the role of CEO at BLUESIGN in January of 2017. She has been a strong advocate and supporter of BLUESIGN since its inception in 2000 and paved the way for Patagonia to be the first brand member. For over 27 years, Jill held various senior positions in different sectors at Patagonia including textile research and development and environmental strategy. She has also held leadership and board positions at the Organic Exchange, Textile Exchange and the Sustainability Working Group at the Outdoor Industry Association. She was the Chairwoman of BLUESIGN’s Advisory Board from 2011-2017. Throughout her career, Jill has traveled extensively, which gave her a chance to interface with many different types of companies throughout the supply chain committed to performance in textiles and environmental responsibility.
Corporate responsibility at bluesign
As a solution partner for companies, BLUESIGN works by example along the textile production and supplier chain. We profess our conviction to sustainable and responsible business actions. We are obligated to achieve more value for our partners, employees and investors in acting for the well-being of people and the environment.
As the leading service provider in our industry, we hold ourselves to the highest standard of professional behavior and adhere to the SGS Code of Integrity along with the values that are shared throughout our organization, our businesses and our affiliates.
We are committed to a culture where issues of integrity and professional ethics can be raised and discussed openly. Guidance and support are available to help employees and other stakeholders acting on behalf of or representing our organization to understand the Code and to help them make the right decision when faced with an ethical dilemma.
To learn more about the Code of Integrity