CHT Sustainability Report 2020


Product responsibility

Responsibility within the value chain

We check our products along the entire value chain starting with the development through to production, in customer applications all the way up to product disposal. In this way we can identify possible health and environmental risks at a very early stage and reduce or in an ideal case to remove them.

As part of our product responsibility, we work together with our suppliers, customers, research institutes and associations in order to continually improve the performance and sustainability of our products along the entire value chain.

Supported standards and quality labels

The major share of our products already complies with the requirements of the following quality labels:

We are working on the following quality labels and have products be rated and certified:


number of all products bluesign® approved
number of certified products
ZDHC Gateway number of certified products2144>2250
GOTS 6.0 since 03/2020 number of certified products698>740
C2C number of certified products95>160
Reach® European chemistry standard number of certified products15>1680

Moreover, we are checking additional established quality labels and certifications. As a chemical company taking our responsibility seriously we actively contribute to practical, target-oriented sustainability initiatives wherever it is possible in order to improve the protection of humans and the environment.

Focus on product safety

As a globally operating company for specialty company chemicals, product safety is a key element of our product responsibility. Our products and production processes meet the highest safety requirements. In addition to high standards in process and work safety, our comprehensive product information and the avoidance of potentially critical substances are among the main aspects of our product range.

Uniform principles. No risks

Complying with international laws and chemical regulations is a fundamental obligation for us. We act within the boundaries of global standards and specifications as well as initiatives for responsible actions and for sustainability that the worldwide chemical industry is aiming at. Being an international Group, we always consider our activities on a global scale: All over the world, we refrain from using products with AEEA and APEO although these substances are still permitted in some countries.


As a company with headquarters in the EU, we support its initiatives for chemicals legislation. We support the EU goals for ensuring a high level of protection for human health and the environment. We work with considerable effort on implementing the REACH regulation together with other European chemical companies, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and our customers. In addition to the registration of new substances and updating of existing REACH dossiers, we as a company are closely monitoring the more far-reaching REACH developments with regard to substance evaluation (CoRAP process and SVHC candidate list) in an ongoing process, which also aligns our corporate strategy.

In connection with the targets of the EU’s “Green Deal”, the topic of “sustainability of materials and processes” will become even more important in our company in the future.

Sustainable products 2020

Products and process solutions contributing to a sustainable development are an integral part of our product range. Our declared aim is to continuously increase the share of sustainable products within our offer and in sales.


Business Field 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Target 2020 Target 2020*
BF Textiles 48% 60% 61% 65% 71% 67% >70% >60%
BF Construction & Assembly 70% 76% 82% 64% 73% 76%1) >75% >75%
BF General Industries 71% 76% 78% 25% 57% 53%2) >60% >80%
BF Textile Care 48% 51% 55% 80% 78% 73% >80% >70%
Total 53% 62% 63% 52% 68% 62% >65%

The strategic goal set within the framework of the “Agenda 2020”, the implementation of the sustainability assessment for the entire product range and the achievement of a sales share of more than 70% with sustainable products was not achieved by the end of 2020 with a share of sales of 62%. Reclassifications of SVHC substances and CoRAP listings have made the set target a major challenge.

As part of the “Strategy 2025”, portfolio management based on the sustainability performance of CHT products will play a significant role within the entire CHT Group.

For this purpose, the previous evaluation method for the sustainability performance of our products was further revised in 2019 and expanded with a transparent classification.

The evaluation and transparent classification of our products enables us to work together with our customers to improve products in a targeted manner.

We intend to further increase sales of our ECO range products to 80% of total sales by 2025. The focus of activities will be on the global ECO Top Core Ranges, supplemented by locally developed or adapted ECO Performance Ranges. The same sustainability criteria apply to both ranges. Currently (June 2021), the share of sales with sustainable products is 70%. TECHNO BEST comprises the range of products which do not meet the strict sustainability criteria of the CHT Group, but which represent “state of the art” and which cannot be replaced technologically or due to their performance at present. For the TECHNO BEST products, the challenges under which the products can become sustainable have been identified, and development projects have already been initiated in some cases. The PHASE OUT range is expected to account for more than 10% of sales by 2025.

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