Sustainable business practices

Is your company looking to demonstrate its’ sustainability, economic, ecological, and social efforts to consumers and stakeholders? Then a CSR audit (Corporate Social Responsibility Audit) is the right solution for your company. When your company prioritizes and practices sustainability you can also manage risks within your supply chain.

Increased transparency through alignment with internationally recognized sustainability standards

Strong perception of your CSR performance and strengthening of your market position

Valuable tool for self-assessment and for your supplier management

Audited processes meet market requirements efficiently

Beschreibung Standard/Regelwerk

CSR Risk Assessment: Information on the standard

A CSR Risk Assessment is carried out through a CSR Audit with a trustworthy certification body such as DQS Inc. The CSR Risk Assessment focuses on the actual needs of your company. Risks are identified based on a 360° radar. To manage them, we filter out the essential aspects and requirements for you from the most relevant sustainability standards on the market.

We focus on these questions:

  • What do the market, customers, and your interested parties want?
  • How do you manage and control your supply chains?
  • How do you ensure compliance?

The answers result in your CSR profile, which contains the status quo on the one hand, and the previously selected requirements on the other. Compliance with these requirements will be determined later in an on-site CSR audit.

As proof, your company receives a certificate which (if desired) also shows the degree of compliance.

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What does CSR mean?

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) refers to the responsibility that companies have through the impact of their business activities on society. The measures resulting from the exercise of this responsibility are interpreted as a voluntary contribution to sustainable development.

CSR refers to the three pillars of sustainability, encompassing all ecological, economic, and social aspects of corporate activity.

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Is a CSR Risk Assessment right for my organization?

The CSR Risk Assessment is a valuable tool for all companies that want to actively address their own, specific concerns in sustainability management beyond general market requirements. The CSR Risk Assessment compares the globally relevant requirements of the many initiatives, standards, and industries with the sustainability issues that are applicable to your company and provides you with a customized action matrix.

The CSR Risk Assessment by DQS Inc. focuses on the actual needs of your company. A current example is the German Supply Chain Act, or Due Diligence Act. Starting in 2023, the new law will hold certain companies liable for human rights and environmental violations in their supply chain. Sustainability risks in the immediate supply chain must be actively identified and managed in the future.

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Effective supplier audits

The CSR Risk Assessment can also be used for supplier audits. It is based on a compilation of approximately 100 topics and subtopics, compiled from the requirements of over 50 globally recognized standards and industry solutions.

From this, a data set with around 4,000 individual requirements or questions is derived, from which the aspects that apply to you are prioritized together with you in special workshops and seminars. Transferred into a matrix, into a heat map, the degree of importance of different topics for your organization can be illustrated or derived.

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Why is a CSR audit useful for your company?

A CSR audit defines your company’s specific risks and sustainability issues, while creating more transparency through orientation to internationally recognized standards. By firmly securing your sustainability topics in the company, you strengthen your employees' awareness of corporate social responsibility and become secure in the face of market requirements.


How does the CSR Risk Assessment work?

First, your existing or potential risks are identified in a materiality analysis, the status quo of your company is determined, and the sustainability requirements relevant to you are selected. In a workshop lasting from one to several days, the scope of the CSR Risk Assessment, company-specific CSR topics, and interested parties are defined and evaluated.

Your task now is to close the gap between the existing and the targeted maturity level, with the help of suitable measures. To do this, you define desired results and goals and compile internally agreed open points. The result is an individual catalog of questions and tasks that is the subject of the external evaluation.

In the third step, a neutral and objective evaluation of your company-specific aspects takes place based on of internationally recognized standards.

If successful, you will receive a certificate as proof which will include the maturity level in the form of the number of points achieved. The period of validity of the certificate will be determined by an agreement.


What does a CSR audit cost?

A CSR audit to identify company-specific sustainability issues and the associated risks is a highly individual process and requires careful preparation. Let us find out more from you. We are happy to prepare a reliable quote tailored to your company’s needs.


What you can expect from us

  • Value-adding insights into your company's sustainability activities
  • Over 35 years of experience in auditing processes and certifying management systems
  • Auditors with practical experience and a high level of industry expertise
  • Certificates with international acceptance
  • Personal, seamless support from our US-based specialists with local and international support
  • Individual offers with flexible contract terms with no hidden costs
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