RSCI assessment for transparent supply chains in the automotive industry

This assessment was developed based on the specifications of RSCI association. Leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers founded RSCI together with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) to improve sustainability and transparency within the automotive industry. DQS is one of the first certification bodies approved to carry out an RSCI assessment in your company.

Verifiable sustainability for suppliers

Meet customer requirements with an assessment

Commitment to better working conditions

Reducing social risks


Who is driving the RSCI initiative?

The Responsible Supply Chain Initiative RSCI e.V. was founded by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) with 14 other members from the automotive sector. In addition to the car manufacturers Audi, Volkswagen Group, Mercedes Benz AG and BMW, suppliers such as Brose, Robert Bosch GmbH and Schaeffler are also among the founding members.

The aim of RSCI e.V. is to ensure high standards with regard to sustainability of suppliers in the automotive sector through independent assessments, and to standardize them on a national and international level. This is intended to create added value for the client, since the assessment provides evidence of transparent and fair working conditions at its suppliers. Suppliers also benefit from an RSCI assessment, enabling them to comply with the requirements of multiple buyers with one single assessment.

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RSCI assessments as evidence of sustainable supply chains

Assessments based on RSCI requirements have been developed to ensure compliance with key sustainability, environmental and occupational health and safety requirements from legislators, stakeholders and customers.

RSCI assessments also contribute significantly to observing basic human rights in the production and supply of goods in the automotive sector.

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Important code of conduct for the automotive industry

Companies that undergo an RSCI assessment implement high sustainability standards in the automotive supply chain.

Specifically, this involves complying with a code of conduct that fulfills social standards as well as fundamental requirements relating to health and safety at work and environmental protection.

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The RSCI Assessments

RSCI assessments are social assessments. They are usually carried out on site at the suppliers' production facilities. The assessors do a visual inspection of the site and conduct interviews with employees. They also review relevant documents and compare them with the RSCI requirements.

After the assessment, the findings are described in an assessment report. It serves to create a high level of transparency and comparability among manufacturers and suppliers with regard to sustainable working conditions. Depending on the assessment result, RSCI issues a so-called label, which is valid for three years.

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RSCI assessment process

RSCI assessments are awarded via RSCI's so-called bid process. To request an assessment, go to the RSCI website and click on "Request Assessment". DQS as well as other approved audit bodies are then requested by RSCI via an online platform to submit a bid for the assessment. RSCI awards the assessment.

DQS will assign a team of qualified assessors for your assessment. An RSCI assessment is conducted on-site and can take several days to complete, according to RSCI's costing guidelines. A questionnaire is worked through, which is checked and evaluated via document review, interviews with staff and management, and a site visit. Technically, the assessment is handled entirely via the RSCI online portal.

If there are deviations in the RSCI audit, they can be classified as minor, major, critical or zero tolerance. For all categories, so-called CAP processes with deadlines are provided, within which you must implement remedial and preventive measures to prevent a recurrence. Depending on the severity of the deviation, you will receive a so-called interim label or a full RSCI label after successful elimination of the deviation. You will receive details from RSCI after registration.


What does the RSCI assessment cost?

The cost of an RSCI audit is determined by various factors. In addition to the size of the company, the risk classification (low, medium, high) carried out by RSCI for the production site to be assessed influences the determination of the assessment time. The assessment time identified in this way in turn influences the total cost of an RSCI assessment.


Why DQS is the perfect partner for an RSCI assessment

  • Worldwide network with experienced auditors
  • Comprehensive expertise in the automotive sector
  • Years of experience in social assessment certification
  • Strong customer focus and high quality of service extending well beyond the assessment
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