Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced its membership in the chemical industry's initiative “Together for Sustainability” (TfS), an organization founded in 2011 to jointly improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the chemical industry. Clariant becomes the eighth member in the initiative with AkzoNobel, BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, Lanxess and Solvay to jointly operate global supplier assessments and audit programs through independent experts. This avoids the need for members to each conduct individual programs by instead sharing scorecard ratings within the TfS member group on a web-based collaborative platform. Assessing sustainability requirements through the program aims to lowering risks during the procurement process, but also reduce the burden for suppliers to participate in numerous different programs.
Mathias Lütgendorf, member of Clariant’s Executive Committee, said in a press statement: “Corporate Sustainability is a core element of our corporate strategy. With the TfS membership, we enhance our procurement and supply chain activities into our corporate sustainability strategy”.
“Joining the TfS initiative, Clariant confirms the commitment to sustainability in procurement and to further improve quality standards in our industry supply chain”, added Norbert Merklein, Clariant’s Head of Group Procurement Services, in the press announcement. “With TfS, we provide a platform to enhance our supplier selection process, and to guarantee supply and supplier risk management.”