DyStar has several collaborations in the industry which places us as a sustainable partner in the textile industry. Our initiatives and efforts to green the textile industry are appreciated and acknowledged by these associations.

United Nations

DyStar joined United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2011 with the objective of strengthening our commitment towards sustainability.

The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.

DyStar has started to incorporate these 10 principles in our strategy, culture and day-to-day operations.

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition

DyStar is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the collaborative venture established in 2011 by leading apparel retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with participation from academics and NGOs.

The main objective of the SAC is to develop an Apparel Index which takes a full life-cycle view of an apparel product and identifies all major social and environmental impacts along the production chain from cradle to grave.

DyStar works closely with many of the brand and retailer members of the SAC in creating seasonal color palettes through its Color Solutions International business headquartered in Charlotte, NC and in ensuring compliance of its products with Restricted Substance List requirements through its econfidence program.

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Textile Exchange

DyStar is a member of Textile Exchange (formerly known as Organic Exchange), which is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2002.

Textile Exchanges operates internationally and is committed to the responsible expansion of textile sustainability across the global textile value chain. Its vision is to establish a global textile industry that protects and restores the environment and enhances lives. Its mission is to inspire and equip people to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain. The focus is on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global textile industry and maximizing its positive effects.

DyStar shares these values and actively offers programs to support the textile industry to achieve sustainability.

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DyStar is a founding member of The Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD).

ETAD seeks to base its positions on sound science and to coordinate the efforts of its members to minimize any possible adverse impact of organic colorants on health and environment. Member companies are obliged to adhere to the ETAD Code of Ethics, which is based on the principles of responsible care.

Our Senior Director Global Technology & Ecology, Dr. Clemens Grund, serves in the board of ETAD as Vice President of this industrial association.

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DyStar is a System Partner of bluesign. bluesign is an independent audit standard.

Its declared objective of the independent bluesign standard is to put a reliable and proactive tool at the disposal of the entire textile production chain – from raw material and component suppliers who manufacture e.g. yarns, dyes and additives, to textile manufacturers, to retailer and brand companies, to consumers.

DyStar is a System Partner of bluesign and the majority of DyStar products can be found in the blue finder tool established by the bluesign.

More info can be found on or in our Product Compliance page.