Sustainability Assessment Questionnaire
The Sustainability Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) is an automotive industry questionnaire addressing areas such as Sustainability Management, Environment, Human Rights, and Working Conditions. It helps form an opinion about the sustainability performance of suppliers and is a key component of a company’s sustainability rating as well. Schreiner ProTech has now achieved a top rating.
88 percentage points–that rating makes Schreiner ProTech one of the front runners within the industry, the region, and size of business even though the current version of the SAQ 5.0 questionnaire has clearly raised previous levels of requirements and documented evidence. “This result,” said Dr. Thomas Gulden, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager at Schreiner Group, “is relevant for us, and obviously gratifying, as the SAQ enables us to measure our activities against the high standards of the global automotive manufacturers and to show that sustainability and climate protection for us are truly central, firmly anchored subjects.”
In the area of responsible sourcing of raw materials, for instance, Schreiner ProTech achieved the maximum score of 100%. This special supplier questionnaire was developed by the “Drive Sustainability” initiative consisting of 16 automotive companies. The initiative’s aim is to create a sustainable automotive value chain.
The SAQ Report is one of the relevant elements and intended to support companies in continuously improving their sustainability performance. The value of the questionnaire should not be underestimated: without an SAQ assessment, a company’s sustainability performance and resulting sustainability rating cannot be determined. Specifically, that means no new business without a rating and assessment.
In view of the outcome of the current SAQ, Schreiner ProTech has no reason to be concerned in that respect. However, its motivation to keep working on sustainable products and complete solutions for the automotive industry remains unbroken even after having achieved such a good result.