“ALL PARTS OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN NEED TO MEET THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES”
Karsten Beckmann, Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag AG and CEO of Brenntag EMEA:
“As the world’s number one chemical distributor, Brenntag seeks to set standards in its industry in the area of sustainability as well. Our excellent performance in the last EcoVadis assessment, where we achieved gold status, reflects our efforts to continuously enhance our sustainability strategy and performance. Both our excellent rating and our membership of the “Together for Sustainability” initiative (TfS) 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. The issue of sustainability has become a fundamental issue in the chemical industry’s supply chain.
Against this backdrop, the TfS approach makes particular sense. The establishment of common standards and processes for assessing sustainability will increase transparency in the supply chain while at the same time put in place a process to improve sustainability performance. This requires all parts of the supply chain to remain involved and meet their responsibilities.
As a common platform and international network, TfS provides all the parties involved with significant efficiency advantages and opportunities to interact. Brenntag can learn from the best-practice experiences of other TfS members and further professionalize its sustainability policies. The regular interaction and cooperation with other global players in our industry also on the issues of sustainable procurement will also strengthen our partnership.
At the same time, TfS membership and the associated effects on our supplier management system will also pose a challenge for our company and our purchasing organization. We need to continuously select relevant companies from our supplier base for the assessments and audits and prompt them to voluntarily participate. At the same time, processes and rules for dealing with assessment findings need to be established in our own organization. Based on all these activities, we will be able to further embed and professionalize the issue of sustainability in Brenntag’s purchasing operations.”