With Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) increasingly becoming a critical area of focus, key stakeholders, including customers and investors, are demanding greater accountability from organizations, extending to the larger supply chain and outsourced ecosystem. Lawmakers and regulators are also working to ensure that ethics, safety, governance, and sustainability standards are maintained not just within the organization but across the supply chain. Germany’s recent Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (Lieferkettengesetz) is a groundbreaking law that holds German companies accountable for the entire spectrum of their supply chain, placing a strong emphasis on ethics, human rights, and environmental sustainability.
In this blog, we explore the key aspects and implications of the Act to help equip your business with the knowledge and strategies to proactively embrace responsible supply chain practices.
The LkSG, or German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, aims to ensure better human rights across an organization’s supply chain. It also covers environmental risks that pose a threat to human health and safety. German companies sell products manufactured in other parts of the world where human rights and environmental laws may be violated. This new regulation makes them responsible for ensuring that human rights are respected, and environmental standards and laws adhered to at every stage of their supply chains. Here is a detailed look into the LkSG and its requirements:
Managing third-party and even fourth-party risk is a top-of-mind concern for most organizations across the world today. And there is a growing focus on third-party ESG risk management. Most modern organizations work with partners and suppliers across the world. Unfortunately, violations of human rights by way of child labor, discrimination, exploitation, and unsafe working conditions are still rampant in many parts of the world. Any company that profits from selling products manufactured in other parts of the world is ethically and morally obligated to ensure there are no human rights violations or environmental damage across its supply chain. Germany has taken the step towards making this a legal requirement for the first time in its history. The legislation establishes some concrete steps for organizations to protect not just the employees within their offices but all workers across its extended ecosystem.
Failure to comply will result in fines of up to € 8 million or 2 percent of annual global turnover (only for companies with more than € 400 million in annual revenue). Non-compliance with the LkSG may also result in significant damage to the brand image and even profitability. Modern customers no longer hesitate to stop engaging with organizations that do not meet ethical and environmental standards or profit from products manufactured unethically or by flouting environmental norms.
MetricStream can help organizations gain better visibility into their global supply chains along with ensuring comprehensive risk management processes to identify, prevent, and minimize risks pertaining to human rights and environmental protection. Organizations are empowered to establish a proactive approach to managing ESG and third-party risk management across the supply chain by ensuring:
With MetricStream’s Third-Party Risk Management, organizations can:
Organizations can also establish a proactive approach to managing ESG and third-party risk management across the supply chain. This will help reduce the risk of non-compliance and its severe financial consequences, as well as build trust with the board, and regulators.
The world is now more connected than ever before. This means that risks at any point in a global supply chain can pose a serious threat to the parent organization. As awareness of environmental damage, social injustice, and inequities continues to grow, so does the demand for accountability and responsibility. It is not enough to focus on just the four walls of the organization; enterprise ESG risk now includes third parties across the entire supply chain. More legislations like the LkSG are expected to emerge over the next few years, and organizations must ensure seamless compliance with all emerging standards and regulations. A Connected GRC platform providing robust third-party risk and compliance management is the only way for organizations to effectively manage connected ESG risks and third-party compliance.
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