If you've received a Supplier Survey through Toxnot, chances are that one of your customers is asking you for information about your materials so they can better understand their supply chain. This information is then used to complete a variety of needs, including transparency reports such as Declare Labels, Health Product Declarations, or LEED v4 Material Ingredients. Entering requested information directly into Toxnot enables your customers to use the data quickly, and saves you time in subsequent requests. The intention of sending a supplier survey is to gain a better understanding of one's supply chain as easily and efficient as possible.
Protect Your Data
We understand how important privacy and data protection are. For that reason, you have control over who can view your survey responses. Unless you choose otherwise, only the requesting user and their team can view your response. If your formulation is a trade secret, you can input a CAS # then mark it as proprietary which will hide the # while still allowing your customer to screen against regulatory lists. In this scenario, only hazard and non-identifying information is visible to your customer.
Also note that our standard terms of service include a non-disclosure agreement. This means we will never disclose your data unless you explicitly decide to disclose it yourself. While using Toxnot, you have total control of your data, who can see it, and if/when you would like to share it.
What Data is Collected a Survey?
When you receive a survey request, your customer may be asking for a few different types of data that would traditionally be provided over a serious of tedious and complicated email chains. Through Toxnot, you can provide your customers with all of the data they need in one, easy-to-use platform.
Questionnaires that you receive can vary widely. Contact information, sustainability policies, VOC emissions, California Proposition 65, and more are examples of the types of information that you may see in a questionnaire. Your customers may also ask about material ingredients. This usually includes CAS numbers, weight data, and other substance-specific information. For this type of data you can add in substance data through the simple Toxnot data spreadsheet, a spreadsheet import, or even an SDS import.
For more instruction on how to respond to a survey, visit this help article:
As sustainability reporting expands and product transparency becomes more and more mainstream, chances are you will begin to receive more and more material data requests. Luckily, we have Toxnot material passports to make data sharing and transparency easier than ever.
While you're responding to supplier surveys, in the "Submit Response" step, you will have the option to publish your passport to the Toxnot Exchange at three different accessibility levels. These include public, restricted, or unlisted passports. You can then reuse this data and save time by pointing your customers to your material passport record in the future. If that doesn't quite work for you at this point, you can also copy the material you've filled out the survey for to your own materials library for future use on the "Wrap Up" page.
Learn more about the Toxnot Exchange here.