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GRI PREPARES STANDARD ON TAX AND PAYMENTS TO GOVERNMENTS

If you are one of the millions of people who have seen Rutger Bregman’s intervention at the World Economic Forum in Davos, you will realize that transparency on tax payments is an important aspect of sustainability and social responsibility. In order to help drive such transparency, the Global Reporting Initiative is releasing a new reporting standard on tax and payments to governments.

“We have got to be talking about taxes” said Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian that was invited to attend the World Economic Forum of 2019. “That’s it, taxes, taxes, taxes.” A video recording of his intervention immediately went viral, garnering widespread support from people and organizations across the globe. Paying a fair share of taxes, the consensus goes, is a key element of good corporate citizenship and social responsibility.

In order to help companies report transparently and evenly on their tax strategy and payments, the Global Sustainability Standards Board(GSSB) of GRI has been developing a reporting standard that focuses on tax payments. The standard is currently available for public comment and will in all likelihood be published in the course of 2019.

What disclosures are reporting organizations required to make?

Organizations that wish to report in accordance with the new standard, are required to disclose:

  • Their management approach, covering specific tax components. These include the content of the tax strategy, how the organization’s business strategy and the economic or social impacts of its approach to tax and payments to governments are considered in the development of this strategy, the tax governance and control framework, tax risk
    identification and management, and the approach to stakeholder engagement and management of stakeholder concerns in relation to tax and payments to governments.
  • New topic-specific disclosures, focused on the country-by-country reporting of financial, economic, and tax-related data for each tax jurisdiction in which the organization operates.

Benefits of using the Standards

If used correctly, the new GRI Standards on tax can bring substantial benefits, both to reporting organizations as well as their stakeholders. Dr. Sied Sadek, Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner and CEO of DQS CFS, sees great value in the new standard: “Companies who report transparently on their tax strategy and payments are in a much more credible position when it comes to social responsibility. It is a way for them to demonstrate their contribution to society. Moreover, they are also getting ready for future regulatory requirements: not only the EU, but also other countries are intensifying the pressure on companies to publicly report their tax payments on a country-by-country basis.”

Not only the reporting organizations, but also their stakeholders will benefit from the new standard. Many investors have been advocating greater tax transparency, in order to reduce their exposure to risk stemming from the lack of information on tax practices.

Is the GRI Tax Standard material for your organization?

The GRI Standards for sustainability reporting do not necessarily require organizations to use all GRI Standards. Rather, they require organizations to report on those topics that are significant to their stakeholders, and/or those topics that have a significant economic, environmental or social impact. The question of whether the topic of taxes is material for your organizations is one that can only be answered through a detailed materiality assessment.

That being said, the standard is likely to be particularly relevant for multinationals, who operate in multiple countries but for which it is often unclear where taxes are paid. Another group of companies for which this standard is most likely material are those who extract natural
resources (mining, forestry, …) in one country, but make profit in another.

Timeline

The GRI Standard on Tax and Government Payment is currently only available as a draft. Stakeholders are invited to participate in the public consultation, which will expire on March 15, 2019. Please subscribe to the DQS CFS Newsletter in order to stay up to date.

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/02/gri-prepares-standard-on-tax-and-payments-to-governments/). For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MCDONALD’S APPROVES DQS CFS TO LEAD SQMS AUDITS

As of December 2018, DQS CFS is officially authorized to lead third-party audits for McDonald’s suppliers to verify their compliance with the requirements of McDonald’s Supplier Quality Management System (SQMS).

Following an intensive review of our audit capability, McDonald’s has approved DQS CFS as a globally recognized third-party auditing firm. With a network of offices and auditors across the globe, DQS is able to audit McDonald’s suppliers to the SQMS requirements across all continents.

Dr. Thijs Willaert, Marketing Director at DQS CFS says: “We are excited to be conducting SQMS audits on behalf of McDonald’s. This shows once again that multinational companies recognize DQS as a professional, trustworthy, high-quality service provider and are willing to trust us with such a vital aspect of their quality assurance.”

McDonald’s is the leader in the fast food industry in Germany and one of the most famous brands worldwide –  a status for which food safety is a crucial factor. To ensure food safety, quality, and sustainability, McDonald’s attaches great importance to every decision regarding the food source. Currently McDonald’s works together with 154 European suppliers to provide for 7.300 restaurants with 250.000 employees – and that is just in Europe. These numbers show that for McDonald’s success it is indispensable to maintain a product quality that accords with McDonald’s requirements and with applicable laws and regulations, without exceptions.

SQMS Audit – Here’s how it works

The Supplier Quality Management System specifies what McDonald’s expects from its suppliers. Suppliers can either go for an SQMS addendum to a GFSI-benchmarked certification, like IFS, BRC and FSSC 22000, or have a full SQMS audit.

With the SQMS audits, McDonald’s ensures that food manufacturers produce in accordance with the requirements of a functional quality management system. The checklist also helps to support best practices and minimizes regional variations, as it is valid worldwide. Suppliers must annually verify their SQMS compliance. In collaboration with its
suppliers, McDonald’s works continuously to improve the auditing practices to improve customer satisfaction.

Independent Audits

Third party audits help to improve the confidence in the SQMS and provide a neutral, independent insight into supplier’s practices. As one of the leading certification bodies for management systems, quality and sustainability standards, DQS CFS is now a partner for McDonald’s SQMS audits.

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/02/mcdonalds-approves-dqs-cfs-to-lead-sqms-audits/). For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IATF 16949: Lessons Learned and Clarifications

Among automotive suppliers, the last few years have been characterized by the need to transition to IATF 16949. Now that this is behind us, our US office has taken a look back to see what lessons have been learned, and what clarifications were received from IAOB and VDA. We would like to share this with our international readers in order to help everyone to continue to move forward and prepare for ongoing compliance.

Translators: It is required that if there are employees that do not speak the language of the audit or if the auditor does not speak the language of the audit there must be a translator. Twenty percent (20%) must be added to each area using a translator. Supervisors and managers in the company are not acceptable translators. For this reason, in the immediate future we must use one of the following:

– a translation device provided by the auditor or the organization,
– an external 3rd party hired by the certification body (CB/DQS), or
– an external 3rd party hired by the organization that will be under total control of the auditor.

Please let the auditors know in the planning phase if translators are needed and in which processes they will be required.

Consultants: Consultants are acceptable to use in developing and maintaining your QMS. However, during an audit by your CB, consultants cannot be on site. This is per the rules 5th edition.

Remote location support: This has been difficult for many organizations especially those that have multiple sites and remotes that interface. Please consider this as one interaction matrix controlled by a single source. Everyone should be aware of this matrix and have access to it. Corporate schemes are required to have this interaction matrix. One of the biggest gaps are the understanding of support activities between locations. We are matching the support activities identified on the certificate to the support location CB audit reports. If they are not in alignment, non-conformances are issued by the auditor.

Remote location audits by the CB: If the remote is being audited in conjunction with a site and the remote only supports that site being audited then the remote can be included in the sites report. If the remote supports even one additional site, there has to be planning and reporting separate from the site. In other words, the remote must have its own planning activities by the CB and a separate report identifying clearly the supporting functions it provides for each site it supports.

Corrective action responses to the CB: In order to achieve the necessary significant improvements in this area. I presented at AIAG Quality Summit September 18, 2018 on this subject. Please go to www.aiag.org (log in, go to events, past events, AIAG Quality Summit 2018) and download the presentation. I believe this will help everyone understand what is required.

Process identification: People are still struggling with identification of processes. I recommend putting the standard and CSRs in a cabinet and locking them away until you have identified your processes. Processes should be identified by the team. Processes should be in the naming convention that people use to refer to them on a daily basis. Before you worry about mapping in the standard and customer specific requirements (CSRs), identify your processes. This should clearly describe your business and their interactions. Too many people are still trying to align everything to the standard first. This is not the intent. Define who you are and then figure out where the standard and CSRs fit.

We hope this helps for everyone to move forward to smoother and focused activities in achieving and maintaining certification to IATF 16949.

 

The above article sourcing from DQS Holding website (https://www.dqs-holding.com/en/media/news/iatf-16949-lessons-learned-and-clarifications/).

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DQS Compact now in a new design

What started out as the DiD (DQS in Dialog) and later became the DQS Compact has now received a facelift. We hope you will like the new, streamlined design.

This issue of our customer journal starts off a series about the importance of Occupational Health and Safety and how the new ISO 45001 can help organizations improve their safety record in the interest of stakeholders, employees and the public. The series will be continued in each of this year’s upcoming issues, so be sure to collect them all.

Business Continuity Management and the changes to be expected from the revision of ISO 22301 are the subject of our second feature article. If you are currently certified to this standard, you want to know what to expect. And for those new to the world of BCM, welcome!

As a certified organization, have you ever thought about “marketing” your own certification? If not, here are some ideas from our US office in Chigaco, Illinois. And if yes, we invite you to read about Weber’s journey of 20 years certification with DQS Group.

The above article sourcing from DQS Holding website (https://www.dqs-holding.com/site/assets/files/2411/dqs_compact_i-2019print.pdf). 

For more information, please send email to info@dqsindonesia.com

DQS APPROVED AS TRAINING PARTNER OF THE IFS ACADEMY

No preparation = no luck. That, in a nutshell, sums up your chances of passing an IFS certification audit if you did not take the time to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the IFS Standards. Fortunately, you do not need to figure it all out for yourself: the IFS Academy helps you understand the ins and outs of the various IFS Standards. We are happy to inform you that DQS has been approved as an official Training Partner of the IFS Academy.

The aim of the IFS Academy is to provide all users with valuable first hand information about the IFS standards in order to facilitate their implementation. From now on, IFS will be relying on selected DQS trainers, who by virtue of their extensive audit experience know exactly where the pitfalls are.

Courses for the Food, Packaging and HPC Industry

The course portfolio covers all IFS Standards, as well as specific trainings on topics like food defense, food fraud, allergen management and risk management. For an overview of trainings scheduled in Germany, please consult our training calendar in German. For trainings in other countries, please contact us. Inhouse trainings are available upon demand.

The above article sourcing from DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/02/dqs-approved-as-training-partner-of-the-ifs-academy/).

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