Safety and quality are key factors for success in the chemical industry. They can only be ensured through the close cooperation of all parties along the supply and value chain. Issues such as occupational safety, environmental protection, labour practices, supplier management and compliance are therefore key topics for the industry. When choosing business partners and therefore making purchasing decisions, they are important criteria alongside aspects such as product quality, reliability of supply and price.
As the global market leader in chemical distribution, Brenntag serves as an important link between the manufacturers of chemical products and the companies that process these products. We maintain a close and ongoing dialogue with our suppliers and customers through our regional and global procurement and distribution organizations as well as our HSE structures. The majority of these business relationships and partnerships go back many years.
„Both our excellent EcoVadis rating and our membership of the “Together for Sustainability” initiative distinguish Brenntag from our competitors and will benefit us in particular among those customers and suppliers that take sustainability aspects into consideration when choosing their business partners – and their number is continuously increasing.”
Brenntag has been involved in the chemical industry’s “Together for Sustainability” initiative (TfS) since October 2014 and became a full member in October 2016 when we achieved EcoVadis gold status – the first and, to date, only chemical distributor to do so.
TfS's goal is to establish a uniform global programme for the responsible procurement of goods and services in the chemical industry, to achieve transparency in relation to sustainability performance throughout the supply chain and to make further improvements to its suppliers’ ecological and social standards. For this purpose, all TfS members regularly evaluate and review their suppliers by means of a standardized process. This information is shared confidentially and used jointly within the network, which provides efficiency benefits for every participant.
More information about TfS visit the website www.tfs-initiative.com.
Within the scope of its membership of the “Together for Sustainability” industry initiative, Brenntag requires a defined number of its suppliers to undergo sustainability assessments every year. We thereby achieve greater transparency in relation to our suppliers’ sustainability performance and are able to better consider sustainability issues in our purchasing decisions.
Here, we work together with EcoVadis, a leading provider of sustainability assessments and well established in the chemical industry. EcoVadis evaluates companies in terms of four categories: environmental protection, labour practices, fair business practices and sustainable procurement. On the basis of the responses provided in a comprehensive online questionnaire and on the accompanying documentation, EcoVadis awards scoring points and produces a detailed profile of strengths and weaknesses. Brenntag reviews the findings and, based on its suppliers’ performance, requires them to make improvements or to undergo a supplementary audit.
“We believe that participation in the TfS/EcoVadis assessment process will enhance our company’s brand awareness, since the findings are shared among all TfS members. It will also help us to identify weaknesses in our management approach and thereby achieve further improvements. In the long term, it will therefore bring us more good customers and business.”
ZIQING WANG, President of Henan Qingshuiyuan Technology Co., Chinese supplier of Brenntag and participant in EcoVadis’ 2015 sustainability assessment.
Brenntag drew up a code of conduct specifying what we expect of our suppliers in the areas of environmental protection and safety, labour and social standards as well as compliance and governance.
The code is based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, the chemical industry’s global Responsible Care programme and Brenntag’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
In order to verify compliance with the code of conduct, we invite selected suppliers to undergo a sustainability assessment or audit.