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What is TfS?

Together for Sustainability (TfS), a joint initiative and global network of 36 chemical companies, delivers the de facto global standard for environmental, social and governance performance of chemical supply chains. The TfS program is based on the UN Global Compact and Responsible Care® principles.

The TfS framework – TfS Assessments and TfS Audits – allows TfS member companies to assess the environmental, labor & human rights, ethical and sustainable procurement performance of their suppliers and drive and deliver tangible, measurable improvements of their suppliers’ as well as their own sustainability performance.

TfS is growing into a global organisation with regional representation and strategic partnerships in Asia, North America and South America.

Operating as a unique, member-driven organisation and peer-to-peer network, TfS member companies shape the future of the chemical industry together.

TfS Framework

Groundbreaking Framework With Robust Tools

TfS introduced this globally applicable framework and tools – TfS Assessments and TfS Audits – to create transparency of the sustainability performance of chemical companies and their suppliers and to collaborate to continuously improve performance.

Unique to the TfS concept is that the results of TfS Assessments and TfS Audits are shared with all member companies. This following the consent of the supplier.

The TfS concept benefits both TfS member companies and suppliers. Suppliers receive less customer requests, there is less bureaucratic burden, and time and energy can be spent for the improvement of sustainability performance.

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TfS Assessments

The TfS Assessment process is based on international Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards and provides CSR experts’ feedback to the members and suppliers.

A TfS Assessment evaluates a supplier’s corporate sustainability management approach and performance. It is conducted via an online questionnaire tailored to the specificities of the chemical industry and supported by documents to proof implementation.

TfS chose EcoVadis, a global leader for CSR assessments, as its partner and service provider. The results of the analysis of data and documents are combined on a scorecard that is accesible by both suppliers and TfS member companies on a web-based platform.

The scorecard summarizes the strengths and improvement areas pertaining to the four TfS focus areas.  It is a vital instrument for suppliers to improve their sustainability performance and to collaborate with TfS member companies on corrective actions.

For more information, visit the “TfS Assessment” section in the  TfS Supplier Academy

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TfS Audits

A TfS Audit is an on-site evaluation of a company's sustainability practices by an independent third-party auditor approved by TfS. The scope of a TfS Audit covers a supplier business location such as a production site or a warehouse.

During a TfS Audit, the supplier’s sustainability performance is verified against a set of audit criteria on management, environment, health & safety, labor & human rights, and governance issues. The audit criteria have been defined by TfS and are tailored to the requirements of the chemical industry.

The TfS Audit yields a Corrective Action Plan so that the supplier can work on tangible sustainability improvements. TfS Audits are therefore not a certification scheme or a “pass or fail” exercise for suppliers; they are a starting point for a constructive dialogue between the supplier and the TfS Member.

For more information, visit the “TfS Audit” section in the  TfS Supplier Academy.

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The focus on the three TfS KPIs takes TfS to a new sustainability level and greatly increases its impact.

The TfS KPIs create transparency to work on continuous improvements with suppliers. They benefit from the collective efforts and exploit synergies created by the combined contribution of the TfS member companies to the TfS objectives.

TfS KPIs include 1. the number of valid assessments currently in the shared TfS pool, 2. the influx of new and re-assessments being shared in the TfS pool, and 3. the percentage of suppliers who show improvements after undergoing a re-assessment.

Each individual TfS member company defines its own targets based on the company sustainability strategy, which is shared within TfS. The TfS KPIs are the aggregate of the individual numbers of the TfS member companies and form the basis for TfS to increase sustainability impact in the chemical supply chain.

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