Social Responsibility

Companies around the world, ranging from all business sectors, see DQS as their trusted partner management systems certification. Find out what we have to offer via the overview below, or contact us to see how we can be of service.

SEDEX SMETASA8000IQNet SR10Sustainability Report Assurance & GRIAA1000 - Assurance & VerificationHuman Rights AssessmentISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management SystemGC-Mark Women’s Empowerment Principles


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The SEDEX-Database enables its members to show their customers that they respect the principles of ethically and socially sustainable production.

The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange Database is a worldwide platform for the exchange of information on ethically sustainable production in the supply chain. The SEDEX-Database enables its members to manage their suppliers and reduce their risks by exchanging information on ethical performance. This way improvements regarding ethically sustainable business practices are made throughout the production chain.

Companies which undergo a SEDEX-Audit according to the SMETA-Guidelines and share this information in the SEDEX-Database can prove to their customers that they respect the principles of ethically and socially sustainable production. Customers, on the other hand, can effectively manage their suppliers according to these principles, thus reducing their risk.

Benefits for your organization:

  • Improve your company’s reputation
  • Competitive advantage
  • Reduction of risk
  • Improvement of supplier relationships
  • One instead of several audits

Sedex Membership Categories

Members can register as A, B or AB member in the Sedex Database

  • A members: end of the supply chain, usually retailers who wish to manage their suppliers through Sedex
  • B members: usually producers at the beginning of the supply chain, who are requested to share data on their ethical performance with their customers
  • AB members: usually processors and distributors in the middle of the supply chain, who on the one hand obtain information from their suppliers and in turn are requested to make available information on their own ethical performance to their clients

SA8000 — Social Responsibility

SA8000 is an international Standard published in the year 1997 by the non-profit organization SAI (Social Accountability International). Companies choose audit and certification according to SA8000 because they want to demonstrate the social responsibility inherent in their management system. This involves top management taking into account the rights of employees, the working environment, and basic human rights.

The essential requirements of SA8000 relate to the subject areas of: child labor, forced labor, health and safety, freedom of assembly, discrimination, punishment, working hours, pay, and the management system.

SA8000 is the first auditable standard in this area. It is based on the conventions established by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN Convention for Children’s Rights.

DQS conducts assessments and certifications to SA8000 on behalf of IQNet, the world’s largest network of management system certification bodies. IQNet is accredited for this social standard by SAAS (Social Accountability Accreditation Services).


  • Integrates easily into existing management systems
  • Certificate provides competitive advantages and improves your image
  • Improves employee confidence, trust, and satisfaction
  • Demonstrates appreciation
  • Improves mutual trust within your own network of suppliers

IQNet SR10 Corporate Social Responsibility, based on ISO 26000

The public is increasingly demanding corporations and organizations fulfill their obligations for social accountability, and improve the impact their activities and decisions have on the environment and society as a whole. More and more, the public is paying attention to the manner in which organizations handle their responsibility as corporate citizens. Consumers and buyers require ethical behavior and transparent management.

In order to meet the growing need for an internationally accepted standard, IQNet developed specification IQNet SR 10, which was published in December 2011. It is based on the Spanish specification RS 10 developed by AENOR and on ISO 26000 Among other factors, the particular strength of this IQNet standard lies in it being eminently suited to integration into an existing management system (thanks to IQNet’s more than 20 years of certification experience), as well as its international acceptance.

In April 2015, IQNet released the second version of the standard, IQNet SR10:2015.

Benefits for your organization:

  • Improved image in the eyes of customers and consumers; stands out from the competition
  • Guaranteed fulfillment of legal requirements
  • International comparability, ranking and evaluation make your own corporate commitment visible and credible
  • Long-term increase of economic success with minimum impact on the environment; long-term increase of competitive ability

Sustainability Report Assurance & GRI

Reporting is all about credibility

Third party verification of sustainability reports such as GRI or UN Global Compact increases credibility and gives you the competitive edge.

To meet the growing demand for transparency, organizations of any size have decided to publish sustainability reports at regular intervals. These reports typically provide information about the social and environmental impact of organizations and the measures they have taken to address these. In order to facilitate the process and to create a certain level of equivalence, organizations can use the GRI framework, the guidelines of the UN Global Compact, and many others.

Verification of the reporting process and the content of the report through an independent certification body considerably increases the credibility of the report. Our qualified auditors evaluate the truthfulness, relevance and completeness of the provided information as well as the substance of the evidence.

Third-party verification of your CSR report:

  • increases recognition, trust and credibility
  • sends a signal to your stakeholders that you value transparency
  • improves data quality
  • reduces risks by detecting issues

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – External Assurance

DQS is an Organizational Stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Framework enables companies and organizations to measure and report their sustainability performance. GRI provides companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world.

By reporting transparently and with accountability, organizations can increase the trust that stakeholders have in them, and in the global economy. Validation of their reporting process through an independent certification body gives companies and organizations even greater credibility.

AccountAbility 1000 Assurance Standard: Sustainability Reporting & Verification

In an age where almost any company claims sustainability, third party verification of sustainability reports is becoming increasingly important.

AA1000 is a publicly available framework for sustainability reporting & assurance. The framework enables organizations to identify, understand and respond to sustainability issues, as well as to report on them and to be accountable to all stakeholders. Organizations that have implemented the AccountAbility Principles have the opportunity to increase the credibility of their sustainability reports with an assessment according to AA1000AS.

„Credibility is a prerequisite for effective sustainability reporting. Credibility can be considerably enhanced through independent external assurance, using accepted professional standards.” (AA100AS, p. 6)

DQS CFS is a licensed assurance provider for AA1000. We exclusively use highly qualified auditors who are familiar with the particulars of your sector.

Human Rights Assessment

Human Rights

A Human Rights audit is the perfect instrument to evaluate the level of compliance of an organisation with applicable laws and regulations. The audit results can be used to plan corrective actions or to reassure business partners. The audits can be performed at specific sites with a high risk level, or across the supply chain to protect brands and companies.

In order to deliver internationally recognized audit results, DQS draws on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as specified by the United Nations. Depending on the needs of your organization, we can also validate your subscription to the United Nations Global Compact, a set of ten guiding principles regarding human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

ISO 37001: Certification of your Anti-Bribery Management System


The ISO 37001 standard, published in 2016, is a certification standard for Anti-Bribery Management Systems. With highly qualified ISO 37001-auditors all over the globe, DQS is the preferred partner for a value-adding certification experience.

In the age of transparency, no organization can afford to take the risk of bribery lightly. Investors, business associates, personnel and shareholders all need to be assured that the management has made every possible effort to prevent bribery at all levels of the organization. Implementing the ISO 37001 and certification through an independent third party enables you to do exactly that.

The ISO 37001 standard is designed to help an organization implement and maintain a proactive anti-bribery system. The standard, which replaced the British Standard 10500, provides a number of requirements that represent globally recognized good practice for anti-bribery. The standard is applicable to all kinds of organizations.


  • The standard provides minimum requirements and supporting guidance for implementing an anti-bribery management system.
  • Certification to ISO 37001 provides assurance to management, investors, business associates, personnel, and other stakeholders that an organization has taken appropriate measures to prevent bribery.
  • Implementing the measures of the standard reduce the risk of malpractice
  • Implementation and certification can be used as evidence of due diligence in case of disputes
  • The ISO 37001 standard follows the same structure as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 and can easily be integrated into existing management systems
  • During the certification audit, our auditors detect potential for improvement and make recommendations to increase the effectiveness of your anti-bribery system

 The Certification Process: Here’s how it works

The audit can be conducted whenever you feel ready. The duration of the audit depends on the size of the site and the complexity of the processes, but is always at least 1 day. After a successful certification audit, you obtain a certificate with a validity of three years. You also obtain the right to use the GC-Mark label “Verified Anti-Bribery Management”, which you may use for communication purposes. To maintain certified status, surveillance audits take place in yearly intervals.

 DQS – Your Partner for Certification

DQS is your partner for ISO 37001 certification. We schedule audits without hassle, rely exclusively on experienced auditors, create added value with intelligent audit reports and guide you through the entire certification process.

GC-Mark Women’s Empowerment Principles

Women’s Empowerment Principles

The participation of women in all spheres of economic life is a precondition to building stable and fair economies and societies as well as for achieving internationally agreed development objectives.

The so-called “Women’s Empowerment Principles” are 7 principles for the enhancement of the status of women in enterprises which were developed in 2010 by UN Women and the UN Global Compact.

You would like to document that your company supports and actively promotes gender equality? Our auditors will verify your conformity with the 7 principles on site and help to uncover potential for improvement. After having successfully completed a certification audit, you can use the label and certificate for one year to provide proof of your compliance.