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A quarter of a century for DQS: 25th anniversary of the Managing Directors

Both Managing Directors of DQS Holding have served DQS and Quality for 25 years

Stefan Heinloth, trained engineer and MBAserved in various management tasks as an officer in the German military and project tasks in the aviation industry. In 1994 the founder of DQS, Joachim Pärsch, hired Stefan Heinloth as a quality manager on May 1st, 1994 and initially sent him to DGQ for an in-depth auditor training, In October 1994, Stefan Heinloth started his job at DQS.

Michael Drechsel, trained lawyer, started his professional career in 1992, when he was hired by the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in São Paulo. A contract between DQS and the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the initiation of contacts with interested companies led DQS President Wolfgang Hansen and DQS Managing Director Joachim Pärsch to São Paulo. After exploratory talks, they decided to establish the first international DQS office. Michael Drechsel signed on as Managing Director of the new DQS do Brasil on August 1st, 1994.

First Quality Manager – then pioneering work in the U.S.A.

As quality manager, Stefan Heinloth fundamentally redesigned the QM system of DQS and systematized auditor trainings. In 1996, the graduate engineer and MBA was given the task to set up and manage the second international DQS subsidiary – DQS Inc. in the United States. American industry was largely unaware of ISO standards at that time. Stefan Heinloth and his team, including his wife Christine, had pioneering work to do – making the ISO 9000 standards known and to generate interest in the recently published environmental management standard ISO 14001. The US business was continuously developed into a success.

 

Building up DQS do Brasil

As the country’s leading industrial and financial region, Sao Paulo has long since become a magnet for international corporations and German companies such as Volkswagen, Bosch, Bayer and BASF.

Michael Drechsel recruited employees and auditors, established partnerships with national certifiers, build networks, and won major well-known German customers. He acquired local accreditations for DQS do Brasil and thus paved the way for Brazilian customers. DQS do Brasil increasingly gained the confidence of the domestic Brazilian economy.

Stefan Heinloth succeeds Joachim Pärsch as Managing Director in 2000

After the DQS subsidiary in the US was developed into a smoothly operating company, Stefan Heinloth returned to Frankfurt am Main. On the 1st of Oct 2000, he was appointed as DQS Managing Director and succeeded Joachim Pärsch on 1st April 2001. DQS became progressively more international in scope in the following years, and its product portfolio increasingly covered all areas of entrepreneurial activity.

Michael Drechsel succeeds Dr. Klaus Petrick as Managing Director in 2004

In 2004, Michael Drechsel handed over the baton in Sao Paulo to Dezée Mineiro, who had successfully managed the marketing department of DQS do Brasil for many years, and joined the management of DQS GmbH in Frankfurt am Main as successor of Dr. Klaus Petrick.

One of his first projects was driving the digitization of the then still physical customer files, laying the foundation for today’s process structure. Many years later, he is one of the initiators of the Audit Manager software, which is now used worldwide. He is on a plane for more than a third of the year, helping to set up new offices or develop them worldwide. He conducts internal audits and establishes new partnerships. For more than 15 years, he has also represented DQS on the Board of Directors of IQNet, including four years as Chairman of the Constitution and Policy Committee and seven years as President.

Creating one of the world´s largest certification bodies for management systems

Since 2004, Michael Drechsel has been running DQS together with Stefan Heinloth. In 2008, they seized the opportunity to integrate UL MSS, the management system certification division of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. into DQS. In 2008, the DQS-UL Group became one of the world’s largest certification bodies for management systems.

Perspective for culture, markets and the brand

From the beginning of April 2009, Stefan Heinloth concentrated on his duties as Managing Director of DQS Holding GmbH, which was founded as part of the DQS-UL merger. Michael Drechsel remained at GmbH until January 2013, when he moved completely to DQS Holding in a dual role as one of three Managing Directors of DQS Holding and Managing Director of DQS GmbH. DQS remained on an expansion course after the merger: today, the DQS Group is represented by more than 85 international offices in more than 60 countries.

Double duty as managing directors of DQS GmbH and DQS Holding

In November 2017, Stefan Heinloth took over the management of DQS GmbH together with Michael Drechsel (until March 2018). During his dual role as managing director of GmbH and Holding, Stefan Heinloth improved structures and processes at DQS in order to prepare the company for future market requirements. After Markus Bleher joined the management board of DQS GmbH in April 2018, Stefan Heinloth is now shifting his focus back to DQS Holding.

Keeping and expanding DQS’ global position as one of the leading certification bodies

And what is their vision for the future of DQS? “We are in a strong position as a certifier of classic quality and environmental management systems; this is where we have to stand up to changing conditions and, based on this, offer new audit services in the fields of sustainability, IT and digitalization as well as food and consumer goods. Due to the high complexity and rapid change of global markets, we expect growing demand for independent and competent certification services. As our success comes from people, we will continue to find and develop talents and experts for DQS”, state Stefan Heinloth and Michael Drechsel.

We congratulate Stefan Heinloth and Michael Drechsel very warmly on their company anniversary and wish them all the best, both privately and for their continued leadership of DQS!

Information and photos provided by Stefan Heinloth and Michael Drechsel, DQS GmbH and DQS do Brasil

 

Source: DQS Holding website (https://www.dqs-holding.com/en/media/news/a-quarter-of-a-century-for-dqs-25th-anniversary-of-the-managing-directors/).

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IFS PACSECURE VERSION 2 – CHANGES UNDERWAY

The IFS PACsecure standard is currently under revision. In the following, we will provide you with all the important information about the timetable and possible changes.

After the meeting of an Expert Review Group in March 2019, followed by an open consultation in April, the Review Group will now analyse the survey results, expert feedback, GFSI documents, market developments and the latest changes in the IFS Food Standard. This will result in a first draft of IFS PACsecure Version 2.0. Test audits are planned for 2020, the results of which will contribute to a next draft. The final IFS PACsecure Version 2 Standard is planned to be ready for use at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021.

The purpose of the IFS PACsecure Standard is to assess the quality and safety of all types of primary and secondary packaging. Currently there are no further details about the coming changes available. In our newsletter we will keep you updated about the further developments.

 

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/07/ifs-pacsecure-version-2-changes-underway/).

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THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT IN THE WORLD OF WORK?

ILO-CONVENTION PUBLISHED

This year, the International Labour Conference celebrates its 100th anniversary. Rather than reminisce about the past, ILO is focused on present and future challenges. In June 2019, ILO adopted a new convention, which aims to combat violence and harassment in the workplace. In the following, we will provide you with a summary of the content and explain why the implementation will be a challenge.

Even though we can only see the tip of the iceberg, violence and harassment in the world of work remains a huge problem. Up until now, we did not even have a universal definition of “harassment” and “violence” in the workplace – let alone common values, management frameworks and sanctions.

The #MeToo movement showed us just how pervasive violence and harassment is in many workplaces. Studies indicate that the prevention of violence in the workplace is worthwhile, not just for humanitarian reasons but also for economic reasons: a safe working environment makes employees more productive and motivated.

The centenary International Labour Conference has now adopted a new Convention, which indicates a paradigm shift. The document recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work “can constitute a human rights violation or abuse, (…) is a threat to equal opportunities, is unacceptable and incompatible with decent work.” It reminds member states that they have a responsibility to promote a “general environment of zero tolerance”.

The convention defines violence and harassment, aims to protect workers and employees irrespective of their contractual status and is valid for a great number of workplaces. Here you can access the document.

Who is protected where and against what?

The 190 ILO-Convention defines “violence and harassment” as behaviours, practices or threats “that aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm.”

The new international labour standard aims to protect workers and employees, irrespective of their contractual status, and includes persons in training, interns and apprentices, workers whose employment has been terminated, volunteers, job seekers and job applicants. It recognizes that “individuals exercising the authority, duties or responsibilities of an employer” can also be subjected to violence and harassment.

The standard covers violence and harassment occurring in the workplace; places where a worker is paid, takes a rest or meal break, or uses sanitary, washing or changing facilities; during work-related trips, travel, training, events or social activities; work-related communications (including through information and communication technologies), in employer-provided accommodation; and when commuting to and from work. It also recognizes that violence and harassment may involve third parties.

The implementation

“The new standards recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment,” said Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General. ”The next step is to put these protections into practice, so that we create a better, safer, decent, working environment for women and men. I am sure that, given the co-operation and solidarity we have seen on this issue, and the public demand for action, we will see speedy and widespread ratifications and action to implement.”

With the ratification, Member States pledge themselves to implement the convention into national law. The Convention will enter into force 12 months after two Member States have ratified it. In Germany the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is responsible for the implementation of the ILO-Convention. Hubertus Heil (SPD), Minister of Labour said: “Against the background of the worldwide #MeToo Debate the ILO created an effective instrument on UN-Level. Violence and harassment in the world of work needs to be condemned and combatted. Germany commits to this and will work on the fast ratification of the convention.”

Legally speaking, we can already anticipate changes. Needless to say, however, a convention alone will not have immediate consequences in practice. Why? Because violence and harassment is very difficult to detect. Studies show that many interconnected factors lead to the occurrence of violence and harassment and that there are many reasons not to speak up, no matter what the law states. The Convention acknowledges this problem and calls for awareness training.

As a certification and auditing body, it is essential that our auditors recognize risk factors that may lead to violence and harrassment. For this reason, we launched the Initiative for the Promotion of Gender Awareness in Social Auditing (ProGASA). In an E-learning course, launched in 2019, we raise awareness about the issue among social auditors. This way we want to do our part to make sure that social audits become a more effective instrument to combat gender-related harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

ProGASA – Join us!

The worldwide publication of the ProGASA E-learning course is scheduled for the end of August. Currently we are searching for businesses, organisations and individuals who believe that gender awareness is an important issue for them and their suppliers, and would like to contribute to change in the industry. We want to be able to regularly communicate with the Stakeholder Panel and send course materials for their guidance and advice. Are you interested in joining our Stakeholder Panel? Here you can find further information.

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/07/the-elimination-of-violence-and-harassment-in-the-world-of-work-ilo-convention-published/).

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NEW AREA OF APPLICATION FOR REDCERT²: BIOMASS IN THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

The REDcert² certification scheme for sustainable biomass has expanded its scope: the scheme is now also applicable to a new, highly complex sector – the chemical industry.

The certification system REDcert² ensures that the European sustainability requirements for the use of biomass for energy and material purposes are met at all levels of the production process. Currently, the certification is mainly used by the biofuel, food and beverage industry. Due to the highly complex manufacturing processes, the REDcert² certification was not applicable to the chemical industry – with the launch of a supplementary principles for the chemical industry, this has changed.

The highly complex production processes of chemical products pose a major challenge for providing evidence that fossil-based raw materials have been replaced by sustainable biomass. Both sustainable biomass and fossil-based raw materials are used as sources of raw material in the production processes at the same time. These are then first broken down into atomic or molecular components, separated and then incorporated into a variety of products. The sustainable biogenic content in these products can vary considerably, making it virtually impossible to reach a valid conclusion about the content in the end product based on analytical evidence as a result of large-scale chemical compound processes.

Supplementary System for the Chemical Industry

In order to account for the special requirements of the chemical industry, REDcert² created a new methodological approach, which can be used as an alternative to traditional “mass balancing”. It is based on the essential principles of the CMS 71 standard and and balances individual atomic components of sustainable biomass on the basis of their energetic valence and is based on an equivalence analysis according to defined “formulas” for manufactured products. This standard, originally published as CMS 71, was exclusively adopted by REDcert and integrated into the REDcert² scheme as an optional approach to meeting the needs of the chemical industry.

REDcert² certification

For the production of REDcert² certified products, the biomass used in the chemical production process must also be certified as sustainable and a valid REDcert² or REDcert-EU certificate must be available as proof. Alternatively, REDcert² also accepts biomass from other sustainability schemes, provided they are recognized by the European Commission, approved by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) or got certified by FSC or PEFC.

Advantages of the REDcert² certification

  • The REDcert² certificate offers new perspectives to the chemical industry and methodical approaches for the sustainable substitution of fossil resources – an active contribution to climate protection
  • The REDcert² certificate substitutes a minimum of 20% of the used fossil resources with an equivalent quantity of sustainable certified biomass. As a certificate holder, you can use this as a competitive advantage

DQS – Your partner for certification

DQS CFS GmbH is your partner for REDcert² certification. We schedule the audits without hassle, rely exclusively on experienced auditors, create added value with intelligent audit reports and guide you through the entire certification process

 

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/07/new-area-of-application-for-redcert²-biomass-in-the-chemical-industry/).

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IFS BROKER VERSION 3: HERE’S WHAT CHANGES

In June 2019, IFS released Version 3 of the IFS Broker Standard. The new version reflects the changing expectations of the market with regard to product safety. Certified sites need to be aware of a number of new requirements, particularly in relation to food fraud mitigation and risk assessments. In this article, we provide an overview of the main changes as well as the transition process.

While most of the standard has remain unchanged, there are three big changes in Version 3 we would like to draw your attention to:

  • New requirements for food fraud mitigation: section 4.7 of the standard, focusing on food fraud, is entirely new. It requires certified sites to conduct a food fraud vulnerability assessment for al purchased products. Based on this vulnerability assessment, the site shall develop and implement a documented food fraud mitigation plan, which needs to monitor and control all identified risks. Sites are also required to ensure that their suppliers meet these same requirements.
  • More detailed requirements for the risk management system: the expectations for the risk management system have been expanded. The revised requirements are listed in section 2.3. While many of the requirements stand in continuity with the previous version, we recommend certified sites to evaluate whether their current risk management approach complies with the requirements of IFS Broker Version 3.
  • Unannounced audits: due to the increasing requirements of the market, IFS has decided to create a process for unannounced audits against the IFS Broker Standard. Unannounced audits remain optional. The process is described in Part 5 of the standard.

Besides these changes, there are many small changes and adjustments to the standard, most of which are intended to improve readability and clarity. Please keep in mind that this article is a summary of the main changes, rather than a complete overview of all changes.

Transition & Timeline

The timeline for certified sites to make the transition from Version 2 to Version 3 is as follows:

  • Before January 2, 2020: Version 2 remains the only valid version
  • Between January 2 and May 31, 2020: companies can choose to be audited to Version 2 or Version 3
  • From June 1, 2020 onwards: all audits will be according to Version 3

More information

The IFS Broker Version 3 Standard is available for download here. At the moment, the standard is only available in English, but other languages will follow soon.

DQS – Your Partner for IFS Broker Certification

DQS is an approved certification body for IFS Broker certification. With a global network of highly qualified auditors, we are ready to assist all over the globe. Contact us if you have any questions, or register for our newsletter to receive regular updates on certification and standards.

 

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/06/ifs-broker-version-3-heres-what-changes/).

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