COLOGNE, Germany — Greif announced that its steel drum plant in Cologne, Germany, has successfully completed the Together for Sustainability (TfS) audit with a score of 98%. 

Founded in 2011, TfS is a joint initiative of chemical companies for sustainable supply chains. It has developed and implemented a global program to assess, audit and improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the chemical industry.

The on-site examination, carried out by Intertek, assessed sustainability performance against a defined set of criteria across various aspects of the business in Cologne, including management, health and safety, environment, quality, energy management, and social responsibility.

“Cologne’s success is testament to the skill and dedication of its workforce. The audit supports our commitment at Greif to ethical and sustainable business practices. It offers customers reassurance that we have a robust Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality management structure in place,” said Michael Kolz, Greif SHEQ-Manager EMEA-Central.

Being serious about sustainability is one of Greif’s guiding principles, and in 2018 Greif was awarded Gold Recognition Level in sustainability performance by EcoVadis - an independent rating agency specializing in the evaluation of corporate social responsibility (CSR), including sustainable development and performance monitoring of suppliers. This achievement placed Greif among the top five percent of all companies evaluated by EcoVadis.

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Located in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Greif Cologne produces approximately one million steel drums a year including tight head, open head, zinc plated and combi drums. It serves the petrochemical, chemical, flavors and fragrances, paints and coatings, pharmaceutical, and food industries.