Whether companies pursue supply chain, operational, or workplace strategies to meet sustainability requirements or in respond to specific regulatory requirements in given markets, the TIC sector has integrated sustainability considerations into its solutions.

Our members offer sustainability due diligence throughout manufacturing processes and supply chains. This may include conformity with environmental requirements, equality policies, human rights protection and healthy working conditions throughout the value chain. Moreover, our members provide conformity assessment according to well-recognised labelling and non-financial reporting requirements.

In this context, the TIC Council develops positions that encompass all ESG criteria.

Existing EU positions:
TIC Council Position Paper on the Circular Economy Action Plan - February 2020
With this position paper, TIC Council states the necessity that mandatory third-party certification is a key element to the successful implementation of the upcoming circular economy action plan. Overall, we believe that it is rightly accompanied by ambitious investment programmes and a robust regulatory framework.
TIC Council Position Paper on the Marking of Plastic Carrier Bags
The independent Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) sector welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to lay down EU-wide rules for the marking of biodegradable and compostable plastic carrier bags. We firmly believe that biodegradable and compostable plastic carrier bags provide a substantial contribution to the European environmental and waste policy objectives.
Past global positions:
IFIA Statement of Position on Mandatory Utilisation for Social Compliance Auditors - August 2013
In the development of best guidance for supply chain social compliance, the Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) established recommendations or guidelines for many elements of supply chain social compliance programs. IFIA recognizes the responsibility of audit companies to manage their businesses within legal structures and with integrity. However, in this statement IFIA expresses its scepticism on whether the use of an arbitrary and largely undefined auditor utilization metric creates the risk of significant negative and unintended consequences, because it does not relate well to how the market actually works.