Quality and sustainability proof of certification

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ZDHC level 3

ZDHC’s Roadmap to Zero Programme guides the fashion industry in eliminating harmful chemicals from its global supply chain, laying the foundations for a more sustainable production that protects workers, consumers and the environment.

Codyeco, as a company that produces chemical substances for leather and as part of Royal Smit & Zoon (which has been contributing to the programme since 2018), is an active protagonist in the development of the different phases of the roadmap.



Codyeco has successfully renewed the ZDHC Level 3 certification – the highest level for this certification – once again demonstrating that the products it manufactures meet all the requirements of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme. A significant step for the company, which maintains a central role in Italy and in the world in promoting sustainability in the chemical sector for leather. The ZDHC Level 3 certification has been obtained for all Codyeco branded products made at the three production sites, for a total of about 650 items – which makes Codyeco the company with the largest portfolio of products certified in this area in Italy.

Achieving these results is a satisfaction that pays off every single job at Codyeco, offering the drive to achieve further goals. The production path, driven by quality, value and sustainability, continues towards the objectives to be achieved by 2025, as always alongside the parent company Royal Smit & Zoon.

Four impactful themes

EcoVadis is a globally recognized methodology that evaluates the sustainability performance of over 75,000 organizations across a series of criteria grouped into four categories: “Environment”, “Labour and Human Rights”, “Ethics” and “Sustainable Sourcing”. These evidence-based assessments are refined into easy-to-read scorecards, which provide zero to one hundred (0-100) scores and medals (bronze, silver, gold, platinum). Royal Smit & Zoon achieved particularly high scores in the areas of Environment, Working Practices and Ethics.

Sustainable sourcing is a key area for Royal Smit & Zoon as it raises the bar across the entire supply chain and offers further assurance to customers and stakeholders, such that their expectations are met by all.

Codyeco, as a subsidiary of Royal Smit&Zoon, considers transparency in the leather value chain crucial to driving significant improvements. With the ESG report we wish to highlight our commitment to identifying challenges and outlining our future plans in terms of environmental, social and governance sustainability.

ESG reporting is a key tool in our communication with stakeholders, which include employees, suppliers, non-governmental organizations, leather goods manufacturers and fashion brands.

ISO 9001

For organizations asking how to improve the quality of their products and services and consistently meet their customers’ expectations, ISO has an answer. Addressing various aspects of quality management and containing some of ISO’s best-known standards, there’s the ISO 9000 family.

To assure our customers that our processes are clear, traceable and sound, Smit & Zoon the Netherlands has been ISO 9001 certified since 1995, Smit Nanjing, China since 2013 and Codyeco, Italy has achieved their ISO 9001 certificate since 2020

ISO 14001 / 45001

For companies and organizations of any type that require practical tools to manage their environmental responsibilities, there’s the ISO 14000 family.

Smit & zoon Amersfoort has a certified environmental management system according to ISO 14001 since July 2010. In May 2013, the environmental management system was expanded to the Weesp plant and also Smit Nanjing, China has been ISO 14001 certified since 2013.

For organizations that are serious about improving employee safety, reducing workplace risks and creating better, safer working conditions, there’s ISO 45001.


Codyeco complies with all the rules and requirements relating to the safe use of chemicals. Substances produced or imported by Codyeco comply with EU legislation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of REACH chemicals. All sheets comply with Annex II of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH), as amended by Regulation 878/2020. 

All Codyeco products are classified and labelled according to the Global Harmonised System GHS and the European Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation CLP.

From 1 January 2024, Codyeco’s hazardous mixtures for industrial use have all been notified to the European Poison Centre and the UFI code has been indicated in section 1.1 of the safety data sheet.

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