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Sustainable Supply Chains - due diligence for human rights and environment

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Are you affected by recent changes in legislation or concerned about securing the procurement of your raw materials now and in the future? In any case, the socially and environmentally responsible configuration of your supply and service chains is an important step. We will work with you in an iterative process to develop a tailor-made strategy for sustainable supply chain management. Our experience shows that every company needs its own solutions, solutions that are tailored to its specific products, processes, and supplier structures.

Our services at a glance

  • Free consultation with a concise overview of the legal requirements and clarification of how we can support you in the further development of sustainable supply chain management
  • Analysis and assessment of your initial situation (gap analysis)
  • Preparation of social (human rights) and environmental opportunity and risk analyses
  • Joint development of a roadmap with key areas of action, goals, and measures
  • Support in the implementation of remedial and risk mitigation measures
  • Advice on the introduction of a sustainability risk management system
  • Advice on the introduction of a sustainability risk management system
  • Advice on various sustainability certification standards as a risk prevention measure, e.g. implementation of standard comparisons or preparation of corporate standards
  • Support in the conception and introduction of a complaint-handling mechanism
  • Joint development of practical and pilot projects, including development of targets, indicators, measures, and monitoring processes, whose implementation we can also manage if required
  • Training for a better understanding of sustainable supply chains for key actors in your company, e. g. buyers
  • Support for internal and external reporting, e.g. preparation of reporting requirements, establishment of standards-compliant monitoring and reporting processes and other communication measures

The use of these service-modules is of course flexible.

The regulatory environment

The various reporting standards such as the German Sustainability Code (DNK), CDP, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) formulate various requirements for companies with regard to sustainable supply chain strategies and management. But at the legal level, in particular, companies are increasingly being required to align their supply and service chains sustainably, e.g. on the basis of the Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Act (German Website; in German Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz, LkSG) or the EU Commission’s proposal to amend the Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR) Directive (previously known as CSR-RUG in Germany).

The requirements include, among others, a declaration of principles recognising corporate responsibility, the analysis of ecological and human rights and/or social risks, but also opportunities in various stages of the value chain for the implementation of prevention and mitigation measures, the introduction of grievance mechanisms, reporting, and the introduction of ongoing risk management.

A broad range of expertise

Our many years of experience in the field of sustainable supply and service chains include expertise in ecology (water, climate, soil, biodiversity, pesticide and chemical management, waste) and social issues (human rights, ILO core labour standards, and other social standards) as well as the necessary process know-how to successfully implement complex, transdisciplinary international projects.

You will find our references in the area of sustainable supply and service chains here.

Information on the topic can be found here