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 gather hazard-related data. 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 across various reporting needs, 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.
Protecting Your Data
First things first - we understand that you care a lot about your information, and so do we. For that reason, you have control over who can view your survey responses. In most cases, only the requesting user and their team can view your response. There are also options to protect your proprietary data to ensure that 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 that information.
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:
Toxnot Shared Materials
As sustainability reporting expands and product transparency like LP50 becomes more and more mainstream, chances are you will begin to receive more and more material data requests. Luckily, we have Toxnot Shared Materials 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 opportunity to publish your response to Toxnot Shared Materials. You can then reuse this data and save time by pointing your customers to your Shared Material 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 Shared Materials here.