Project Description

“Together for Sustainability” was initiated in summer 2011 by six of the world’s leading chemical industry networks, including its founders BASF, Bayer, Evonik, Henkel, LANXESS and Solvay, and other later joiners.

These well-known networks have nominated DQS to be their certification/audit partner, which shows an enormous level of trust. It is a confirmation that our technical expertise and know-how are well received and appreciated by the chemical industry.

The objective of TfS is to improve the awareness for sustainable action throughout the chain of supply, using uniform sustainability criteria to promote Best Practice and to become more transparent and efficient. To achieve this, the TfS audit program encompasses managerial as well as environmental aspects, health and safety at work, human and employee rights, and also responsible leadership.

The TfS initiative involves independent experts carrying out assessments and audits of suppliers, avoiding the need for each of the members to conduct their own. Results and scorecard ratings are then shared within TfS members on a web-based collaborative platform. As well as avoiding repeated audits and assessments, other benefits include quality assurance, a reduction in the burden for suppliers and the lowering of risks in relation to sustainability requirements.

Audit Requirements

Suppliers are expected to meet certain standards and continuously improve in the following areas:

  • Management:
    Management in charge, policies, continuous improvement, management systems, risk assessment training
  • Environment:
    Environmental compliance, waste, air emissions, climate change, water and groundwater, wastewater, energy, nuisance (noise & odor), land use & biodiversity, soil, hazardous chemicals
  • Health & Safety:
    Health & safety compliance, product safety, transport safety, process safety & storage, occupational health & safety, emergency preparedness, medical care, security, hygienic facilities
  • Labor & Human Rights:
    Labor & human rights compliance, child labor, forced & compulsory labor, working hours, minimum wages, freedom of association, discrimination, special work contracts
  • Ethics and Governance:
    supplier standards, memberships, business integrity, privacy & intellectual property, fair competition, disciplinary & compliant procedures

Note: The client shall understand and implement these requirements before the audit.

Validity of TfS Audit

The validity of a TfS audit depends on the audit results:

  • No or minor findings:
    TfS audit report is valid for 36 months
  • Minor findings:
    A Corrective Action Plan is required
    Expected to closed within 12 months
  • Major / critical findings:
    A Corrective Action Plan is required
    Follow-up audit within 12 months is required.
    Depending on the results of the follow-up audit, a re-audit may be required.
    The re-Audit shall be conducted within 12 months unless specified differently in the CAP.

Audit Deliverable

  • Audit report in English, unless otherwise specified
  • An email from TfS system after the submission of audit report (DQS can’t access or provide the contents about the report within the TfS system after submission.)









  • 管理:
  • 環境:
  • 健康和安全:
  • 勞工權益與人權:
  • 道德與治理:





  • 無發現或次要發現:
  • 次要發現:
  • 主要/嚴重發現:


  • 審核報告(英文版,若非另文說明)
  • 審核報告提交後由TfS系統發出的確認電郵 (DQS無法獲取或提供報告提交後在TfS系統裏的頁面內容)
TfS FAQs 常見問題


Audit Program 審核方案

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