01/ About Use Cases
The Use Cases module is a peer-to-peer learning feature on the Supplier Platform, allowing suppliers to share their achievements with other suppliers striving to improve their sustainable chemical management. It showcases best practices and aims to inspire change in the industry. You can view and submit your Use Case at any time. The Use Cases Module is completely free of charge.
If your facility is registered on the Supplier Platform, you can view and submit Use Cases. Any supplier or manufacturing facility in the textile and leather sector whose operation processes involve the use and/or discharge of chemical products can use the Use Case solution.
Suppliers can access the Use Cases solution via the Supplier Platform. Use your Gateway login credentials to sign in and access this and other solutions like Supplier to Zero. If you’re a supplier and don’t have access yet, you can register on the Supplier Platform.
The Public Use Cases are freely accessible to every supplier registered on the Supplier Platform. They are not published outside of the Supplier Platform, neither on the ZDHC Gateway nor the Implementation HUB website.
By submitting your own Use Cases, you can gain recognition, visibility and buyer’s interest. Showing others how you could master challenges and implement the ZDHC guidelines like the ZDHC Chemical Management System (CMS) Framework will demonstrate your leadership in bringing positive change to the industry. Lead by example and set the bar for others. Inspire them and let them learn from your success story. Suppliers who publish Use Cases will further be invited to present their company’s strengths at our renowned conferences to international brands and retailers.
The Use Cases solution gives practical, inspiring examples of how a successful implementation of the ZDHC guidelines or related industry best practices can look like and how it can benefit a supplier.
Implementation efforts refer to the time that was needed to realise the implementation.
- Minimum: less than 1/2 day
- Small: within a day
- Medium: within a week
- Needed external help: Expert needed to make the implementation
Payback period describes the time needed to achieve a return on investment:
- Immediate: 0 - 3 months
- Short-term: 3 months - 1 year
- Medium-term: 1 year - 3 years
- Long-term: over 3 years
02/ Submitting Use Cases
The Supplier Platform shows a sidebar with all available solutions.
- Click on 'My Use Cases' to access your workspace.
- Open the Use Cases template via the 'Add New' button.
- Fill in all mandatory fields marked with an '*'.
- Once you have filled in the template, you need to save it first.
- Click on 'My Use Cases' to return to the overview.
- Click the checkbox for submitting your Use Case.
The ZDHC team will then review the submitted Use Cases before being published. If there is any feedback for improvement from our side, we will contact you to communicate this. Approved Use Cases will be published in the 'Public Use Cases' section.
Use Cases are meant to showcase your achievements, the good you do and the improvements you have made (e.g. in regards to your operations or the chemicals used). Talk about how you have overcome hurdles in implementing the ZDHC Chemical Management System (CMS) Framework and Technical Industry Guide (TIG) or other ZDHC guidelines. Even topics that are not in the scope of the ZDHC guidelines can be covered.
Have a look at the existing Public Use Cases to get inspired!
Go to the ‘My Use Cases’ overview to edit the Use Case. Simply click on the edit icon next to the Use Case in question to change the template. If you want to edit a Use Case that is already submitted or published, keep in mind that you will need to pull the Use Case back into the drafts first. After you have edited it, you will have to submit the Use Case again.
Pull the Use Case back into Drafts
Submit the Use Case
Submit the Use Case
Only ZDHC can publish a Use Case
Publish the Use Case
You can archive any published or submitted Use Case by clicking [ICON HERE] to pull it back into the drafts.
Yes, archived Use Cases still show up in your ‘My Use Cases’ overview. You can simply recover them by submitting them again.
Only some of the text fields in the template are mandatory; those are marked with a '*'.
At this moment, you can submit your Use Cases in English and Chinese (simplified).
Once a Use Case is submitted, the ZDHC team will review your case. ZDHC will then publish it or get back to you with some feedback for improvement. Potential feedback will be communicated via email.
Regardless of the case, you can add a picture of your company logo and use images to illustrate your implementation/achievement.
Please do not include any brand names, advertisements or product names. Further, you must leave out confidential information.
03/ Public Use Cases
Click on 'Public Use Cases' in the Supplier Platform sidebar for an overview of all available and approved Use Cases. Your own approved Use Cases will also be published here.
Click on a specific Use Case to look at the entire case and download it if needed.
Suppliers can decide whether they want to share their contact details with you. They have the option to add these details while filling in the Use Cases template. If suppliers choose to share the Use Case, they will be visible in their Public Use Case.