What is TFS?

Together for Sustainability (TfS), a joint initiative and global network of 30 chemical companies, 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 Responsible Care principles. TfS is growing into a global organization with regional representation and strategic partnerships in Asia, North America, and South America. Operating as a unique, member-driven organization and peer-to-peer network, TfS member companies shape the future of the chemical industry together.

Benefits of TFS Certification

Sustainable chemical supply chain

Building trust in the global chemical business community

On track to become the global standard for sustainable chemical supply chain

Growth in business

Enhance Sustainable Growth

Global feed safety management system

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Who can be certified TFS Certification?

Raw Material





Document required for TFS Certification

  • System Manual
  • System Procedure
  • Policy
  • Objectives
  • Mission & Vision
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Checklist
  • Forms
  • Formats
  • Records

The extent of Documented Information differs as per:

  • Organization’s size
  • Activities performed by the organization
  • Processes undertaken by the Organization
  • Products and services offered by the organization
  • The complexity of processes undertaken
  • Competence of persons involved

Role of Shamkris and Process of TFS Certification

Shamkris adopts a results-oriented approach to effective system implementation in the organization. A simple and practical method of system implementation helps organizations increase business efficiency and sustainability. Shamkris supports 100% documentation to obtain an accreditation body of success in addition to enhanced performance.

The implementation process is described below:

Day 1

GAP Analysis, Certification Body, Selection, Cost Estimates

• Finding the GAP between existing system related to TFS requirements
• Selecting the appropriate certification Body
• Based on the scope of your business & certification Body you choose

Week 1

Developing Documents

• Management System Manual, Management System Procedures, Policy, Objectives, Forms etc.
• Review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Week 4

Implementing Management System

• TFS Awareness training for the top management and staff
• Implementing a well-documented management system throughout the organization

Week 8

Internal Audit

• Internal audits identifying nonconformities related to TFS requirements
• Management Review Meetings
• Corrective and Preventive Action plan for nonconformities

Week 10

Certification Body
N-C Closing

• Shamkris acts on your behalf and assists you in the third-party audit
• Closing of any nonconformities identified by the certification body

Week 12

Certification Body

• TFS certificates issued for 1 years

Year on Year

Yearly Compliance

• Support of Yearly documentation for audit

The purpose of the TfS Initiative is to develop and implement a global audit program to assess and improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the chemical industry. The initiative was founded by six multinational chemical companies: BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, Lanxess and Solvay. To date, AkzoNobel, Arkema, Borealis, Brenntag, Clariant, Covestro, DSM, Eastman, ICL, IFF, Merck, Sanofi, Syngenta, UPM, Wacker and Wanhua have joined the initiative.

Technically, suppliers now only have to complete one form instead of multiple questionnaires. Additionally, buyers can access the information through a shared platform.

TfS is a global initiative of the chemical industry. In addition to the six founding members, TfS has welcomed members from Europe and the United States. Hence, membership is open to chemical companies, i.e. companies with a significant share of business operations in chemical production (including performing chemical or biochemical synthesis) or trading/distributing of chemicals from all over the world. The vast majority of sustainability assessments and audits is conducted outside Europe.