As of September 2015, DQS CFS is an approved certification body for the UTZ Chain of Custody Standard. The standard is a key element of the UTZ Certification program, which aims to ensure sustainability and social responsibility in the supply chains of cocoa and coffee. With the UTZ approval, DQS expands its service portfolio for sustainable farming and reinforces its position as a leading provider of responsible sourcing audits.
The UTZ Chain of Custody Standard targets all supply chain actors who wish to trade or process a certified product. It aims to provide a high level of confidence that UTZ certified products are physically or administratively related to UTZ certified producers and to ensure traceability.
Nadine Harmes, Product Manager for UTZ Certified at DQS, was happy to see the approval process going so smoothly: “The official approval by UTZ is yet another confirmation of our know-how in auditing global supply chains and the field of responsible sourcing. We are more than ready to audit companies to the UTZ Chain of Custody Standard and to do our part in creating better working conditions for farmers and their families.”
UTZ certification is the latest addition to the responsible sourcing portfolio of DQS, which already comprises the Farm Sustainability Assessments of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI), sustainable biomass certification (ISCC, REDcert), Sedex SMETA ethical audits as well as PEFC certification.