Food ingredients supplier Azelis joins global initiative for sustainable supply chains

EUROPE – Global distributor of food ingredients and speciality chemicals, Azelis has joined the global initiative for sustainable supply chains, Together for Sustainability (TfS) to strengthen company’s commitment to sustainable business practices.

As a joint initiative and global network of 25 chemical companies, TfS 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 Resposbible Care principles and is growing into a global organisation with regional representation and strategic partnerships in Asia, North America and South America.

The TfS framework 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.

Azelis is now part of the global network of 25 TfS member companies who represent a global turnover in the chemical industry of US$465 billion and a global spend of US$310 billion.

This membership follows on Azelis’ membership to UN Global Compact and Gold rating from EcoVadis – a prerequisite to join the TfS initiative, which places the company in the top 1% of distributors assessed by EcoVadis.

Dr. Hans Joachim Müller, Azelis CEO, comments: “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, Azelis takes its 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.”   

Bertrand Conquéret, TfS President, adds: “My colleagues and I warmly welcome Azelis to the Together for Sustainability Initiative.

“By joining TfS, Azelis 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.”

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