The EU Directive on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances (REACH) puts high demands on producers concerning the disclosure and safety of chemicals used in their products. This protects the environment and consumers, but at the same time it poses considerable challenges to suppliers from developing and emerging countries. In particular, for SMEs which export to EU countries it is difficult to determine the type and quantity of chemical substances in their products, and to replace those most dangerous. This severely threatens their competitiveness in the European market.
adelphi together with its partner Sustainability Support Services (SSS) supports the Indian Apparel Export Promotion Council (APEC) in strengthening REACH compliance of Indian textile exporters. For this purpose adelphi develops a strategy and roadmap to build awareness among producers of the risks and opportunities of REACH for their business, compiles a REACH compliance handbook targeted at Indian textile SMEs, contributes to improving existing informational material and supports the development of training material for textile producers and their associations. Additionally, at four workshops across India adelphi provides expert inputs on the contents and challenges of the REACH directive for the Indian textile export industry.
The project is an initiative of the MSME Umbrella Programme of GIZ in India, which in collaboration with SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) aims to strengthen the sustainability and competitiveness of Indian MSME.