Sustainable business practices

Practicing sustainability also means that your company takes responsibility within the supply chain and manages existing risks. Would you like to demonstrate your sustainability activities and show stakeholders that you are effectively implementing economic, ecological, and social measures? Then a CSR audit (Corporate Social Responsibility Audit) is the right solution for your company.

Greater 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

Description of the standard

CSR Risk Assessment: Information on the standard

A CSR Risk Assessment is carried out through a CSR Audit with a renowned certifier such as DQS. The CSR Risk Assessment focuses on the actual needs of your company. Risks are identified on the basis of a 360° radar. In order to be able 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 at a later date in an on-site CSR audit.

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

Show more
Show less

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 and thus encompasses all ecological, economic, and social aspects of corporate activity.

Show more
Show less
Target group

For whom is a CSR Risk Assessment suitable?

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 actually relevant to you and provides you with a tailored action matrix.

The CSR Risk Assessment by DQS 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.

Show more
Show less
Process orientation

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, for example into a heat map, the degree of importance of different topics for your organization can be illustrated or derived.

Show more
Show less
Added value

Why is a CSR audit useful for your company?

A CSR audit defines your specific risks and sustainability issues, while at the same time creating more transparency through orientation to internationally recognized standards. By firmly anchoring 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 on the basis of internationally recognized standards.

If successful, you will receive a certificate as proof, which, if you wish, 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 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 enter into a dialog to find out more from you. We will be happy to prepare a reliable offer tailored to your needs.


What you can expect from us

  • Value-adding insights into your company's sustainability activities
  • More than 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, smooth support from our specialists - regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Individual offers with flexible contract terms without hidden costs
Show more
Show less
Contact Latin America woman shutterstock_2001161198.jpg

Request a quote

Your local contact person

We will be happy to prepare an individual quote for you.