Azelis joins sustainability initiative
The global distributor recently announced that they have joined Together for Sustainability (TfS),a global initiative for sustainable supply chains. This membership follows on the company´s membership to UN Global Compact and Gold rating from EcoVadis, thus testifying to company’s resolute course of action to be catalyst of change when it comes to sustainable business models and become benchmark for the industry. The distributor is now part of the global network of 25 TfS member companies who represent a global turnover in the chemical industry of € 422 billion and a global spend of € 281 billion.
Create transparency of sustainability performance
The TfS program is based on the UN Global Compact and Responsible Care principles. TfS is growing into a global organisation with regional representation and strategic partnerships in Asia, North America and South America.
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 introduced this globally applicable framework and tools 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, following the consent of the supplier.
“We take our responsibilities very seriously”
“Our dedication to CSR and sustainable business models has been at the core of our business decisions for a while now. That dedication has been recognised twice by EcoVadis’ Gold rating so joining TfS was a next logical step for us. The TfS concept benefits both TfS member companies and suppliers, taking away bureaucratic burden from us so that time and energy can be spent on the improvement of sustainability performance. As a global business, with operations across EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific, we take our responsibilities very seriously, always looking for new ways to make a positive impact on society and minimise its footprint, whilst delivering the best possible products and services”, comments Dr. Hans Joachim Müller, Azelis CEO.
TfS works with three of its own KPIs that take TfS to a new sustainability level and greatly increases its impact. 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.
“Ready to build strong partnerships”
Maria Almenar, Group SHEQ Director at Azelis and CSR program leader, says: “We have put a lot of effort, expertise and passion in our CSR program for the past four years, but now is the time to take it all one step further. In line with UN SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals), we are ready to build strong partnerships and join global chemical industry initiatives that contribute to sustainability. We see many benefits in joining TfS: EcoVadis assessment & methodology, third party evaluation, possibility of developing action plans with suppliers, onsite audits, access to results through sharing principle of TfS, active participation in TfS activities and best practice sharing, improved management of risks, to name only some. In one word, this was the right and logical next step and we are very excited about what lies ahead.”
“Shaping the future of the chemical industry”
Bertrand Conquéret, TfS President, says “My colleagues and I warmly welcome Azelis to the initiative. The arrival of this company marks an important step for TfS as it will enable the initiative to further deliver on its mission and core strategy to drive and improve the sustainability impact of global chemical supply chains. By joining TfS, the company will fully benefit from the TfS innovative framework, collaborative mindset and robust tools to assess and improve the sustainability performance of its supplying companies, while increasing its own responsible sourcing program. As TfS operates as a unique member-driven organization, the company together with the other 24 TfS member companies will contribute to shaping the future of the chemical industry.”