“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 bureaucratic burden for suppliers and the lowering of risks in relation to sustainability requirements.
Suppliers are expected to meet certain standards and continuously improve in the following areas:
Management in charge, policies, continuous improvement, management systems, risk assessment training
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 completion, disciplinary & compliant procedures
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:
Expected to be closed within twelve months
- Minor / major / critical findings:
A Corrective Action Plan is required
- Major / critical findings:
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 after twelve months unless specified differently in the CAP.