Together for Sustainability (TfS)
The initiative “Together for Sustainability” (TfS) was launched in 2011 by six leading chemical companies. The aim of the initiative is to make the awareness and action of its suppliers transparent with regard to sustainability and to continuously improve it. To record the sustainability performance of its suppliers, TfS carries out an online evaluation with the help of the rating agency EcoVadis and TfS audits according to a catalog of requirements specially developed for suppliers to the chemical industry. The DQS is one of only four certification companies that are authorized to carry out TfS audits. Our auditors are not only distinguished by their qualification for quality, environmental and occupational safety and social ethical standards, but also by industry-specific knowledge.
The TFS Initiative
The chemical companies BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, LANXESS and Solvay are the founders of the TfS initiative. In principle, every chemical company can become a member of the TfS initiative .
To the Procedure
TfS member companies invite their suppliers to participate in an online self- assessment and / or a TfS audit .
The entry for suppliers can be carried out with an online self- assessment via the EcoVadisplatform . In addition to the registration, the questionnaire contains the essential information on sustainability issues as well as the provision of data and documents (eg sustainability reports, certificates). The final evaluation of all information and documents is carried out by experts from EcoVadis. With the consent of the supplier, the result will be made available to all TfS members online.
The requirements of the TfS audit catalog include globally uniform assessment criteria relating to management and environmental aspects, health and safety, employee and human rights, and good corporate governance. The audit result brings an action plan for improvement (corrective action plan) with itself. The period of validity of the certification by the certifier is a maximum of three years. With the consent of the suppliers, the audit results will be made available to all TfS members.
- DQS offers you many years of experience in the assessment and certification of management systems and a high level of knowledge of the chemical industry. Take advantage of the multiple qualifications of our auditors and receive valuable advice on quality, environmental and occupational safety as part of the TfS audit. The audit results can serve the further development of their sustainability performance within the company, for example through verified sustainability reports and corporate social responsibility standards.
- As a supplier you receive information about the status of your sustainability activities and the positioning of your company. In addition, you only go through the TfS audit once , as you can not be asked to do so by different TfS members. The results of the online evaluation and the audit are recognized by all TfS members and refer exclusively to the sustainability performance
Benefits of Together for Sustainability (TfS)
- Initial Information
- Offer and Contract
- Stage 1 audit
- Stage 2 audit
- System Evaluation
- Surveillance audits
The process starts with the client’s needs and expectations. DQS wants to learn about the client’s organization, its management system, size and types of operation. Together both parties will define objectives for the assessment and/or certification, including applicable standards and specifications.
Offer and Contract
DQS will provide a detailed offer for assessment and certification services, tailored to individual client needs, based on the information provided initially. A written contract will specify all relevant deliverables as well as applicable assessment and certification criteria.
A pre-audit can serve as initial performance or gap analysis, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. For larger assessment and certification projects a project planning meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the client to meet the lead assessor and develop a customized assessment plan for all functions and locations involved. Both services are optional.
Stage 1 audit
The assessment procedure itself begins with review and evaluation of system documentation, goals, results of management review and internal audits. During this process, it will be determined whether the client’s management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification. The assessor will explain findings and coordinate any required activities to prepare for the on-site system assessment.
Stage 2 audit
The assigned auditor team will audit the client’s management system at the place of production or service delivery. Applying defined management system standards and specifications, the assessment team will evaluate the effectiveness of all functional areas as well as all management system processes, based upon observations, inspections, interviews, review of pertinent records, and other assessment techniques. The audit result, including all findings will be presented to the client during the closing meeting. Required action plans will be agreed upon as necessary.
The independent certification function of DQS will evaluate the audit process and its results, and decide independently about issuance of the certificate. The client receives an audit report, documenting the audit results. When all applicable requirements are fulfilled the client also receives the certificate.
Either semi-annually or at least once per year, there will be an on-site audit of the critical components of the management system. Improvement potential will be identified, with a focus on continual improvement and sustained effectiveness.
A management system certificate is valid for a limited period of time, frequently for a maximum of three years. At the end of this cycle, a re-audit will be carried out to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of all applicable requirements. Subject to this fulfillment, a new certificate will be issued.
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