The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act

Inside Germany’s Supply Chain Due Diligence Act

The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (SCDDA), which took effect January 1, 2023, marks a significant milestone in the corporate responsibility and sustainability landscape. As of 2023, the act applies to enterprises that have their central administration, principal place of business, administrative headquarters, statutory seat, or branch office, and 3,000 employees in Germany. Starting in 2024, the Act began to extend to enterprises with 1,000 or more employees in Germany. This inclusive approach requires companies to scrutinize and mitigate risks not only within their immediate operations but also across their global network of direct and indirect suppliers.

It’s simple: now, an enterprise’s responsibility no longer ends at its own factory gate but affects the entire supply chain.

Understanding SCDDA Requirements:

The core of the SCDDA lies in its comprehensive due diligence obligations, urging companies to establish a robust risk management system. This system is designed to identify, prevent, and minimize potential human and environmental rights violations. Essential components include conducting detailed risk analyses, adopting a Management Board policy on human rights, implementing preventative measures, remedial actions for any infringements, and establishing a complaint mechanism for reporting violations. Additionally, companies are expected to maintain ongoing documentation and produce annual reports on their due diligence efforts.

The oversight of these regulations will be conducted by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control, which possesses the authority to inspect business premises, request information, examine documents, impose fines, and mandate specific corrective actions to ensure compliance with the law.

Companies are mandated to fulfill certain obligations related to human rights and environmental due diligence within their supply chains to avoid penalties. These penalties range from fines starting at 8 million euros to as much as 2% of their global annual revenue, particularly affecting firms with an annual revenue exceeding 400 million euros. Beyond financial repercussions, companies violating these regulations may also face exclusion from public procurement opportunities. Expected areas of focus for businesses include combating forced labor, child labor, discrimination, breaches of freedom of association, unethical employment practices, unsafe work environments, and environmental degradation.

Strategies for SCDDA Implementation:

New regulations and acts require new strategies. Collaboration plays a pivotal role, with industry initiatives offering a platform for companies to share insights, address common challenges, and collectively enhance supply chain practices. Embracing advanced technology is essential; leveraging AI can significantly improve supply chain visibility, compliance monitoring, and risk management. Risk assessment and mapping form the cornerstone of a proactive strategy, enabling companies to meticulously identify, assess, and prioritize potential risks. Engaging with suppliers is equally critical, as providing them with the necessary training and support ensures they meet compliance expectations, fostering strong relationships and a transparent, ethical supply chain. Through these strategies, companies are not just adhering to standards but are paving the way for a more sustainable and responsible global supply chain ecosystem.

Navigating Challenges and Leveraging Opportunities:

The SCDDA poses complex implementation challenges, necessitating a deep dive into contractual relationships with suppliers and the development of comprehensive risk assessment methodologies. However, it also offers an opportunity for companies to lead the way in sustainable and responsible business practices. By integrating due diligence into their core operations, companies can not only comply with legal requirements but also build more resilient and ethical supply chains.

The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act is more than just a regulatory requirement; it’s a call to action for companies to play a pivotal role in promoting global human rights and environmental sustainability. As businesses adapt to these new obligations, the collective effort can lead to a transformative impact on global supply chain practices, setting a benchmark for corporate responsibility worldwide. The journey toward compliance will be intricate and demanding, yet it offers a path towards fostering ethical, sustainable, and resilient supply chains that can thrive in the face of future challenges.

The Key to Ethical Supply Chains:

Navigating the complexities of the SCDDA requires a multifaceted approach, where compliance meets innovation, and collaboration drives improvement. By prioritizing legal and regulatory compliance, embracing technological advancements, engaging in industry-wide collaborations, conducting thorough risk assessments, and building strong partnerships with suppliers, companies can create a supply chain that is not only compliant but also sustainable and ethical. As the business world continues to evolve, these practices will not only ensure adherence to global standards but also position companies as leaders in ethical business practices. The journey towards a responsible supply chain is continuous and demands a commitment to improvement, transparency, and shared responsibility. Through adopting these strategies, companies can not only meet the challenges of today but also lay the foundation for a more sustainable and equitable future.


Let's Tackle Compliance Together

Supply Chain Risk Monitoring as a Service
Join us today
Supply Chain Risk Monitoring as a Service
Join us today
Waitlist signup

Welcome to Findings

Let's go over some details to setup your tailor-made account


Please fill your details below and click "Next" to create your account:

Payment

Feature
Startup
Business
Enterprise
Price
$10 / Month
$10 / Month
$25 / Month
VDPaaS
Alerts
Assessments
Integrated Apps
API
Join today and scan ALL YOUR VENDORS for FREE*
* FREE VENDOR SCAN for all of your vendors during your first month.
Feature
Startup
Business
Enterprise
Price
$25 / Month
$200 / Month*
Contact Us
Free vendors scan for 1 month
Findings search engine
Rapid security and compliance profile
Profile/showcase engagements per year
5
40
Unlimited
Multi/unlimited showcase use cases
Showcase compliance badge for your website
Best practice self-assessment
1 Findings or 1 BYOC
Assessment response automation
Personalizable, branded security & compliance showcase page
File/evidence repository
OKTA
DKIM
Out-of-the-box TPRM
20 vendors +
20 rating scans
50 vendors +
50 rating scans
Support
Email
Priority via Phone / Email
Internal Workflows (SO/BO)
Onboarding and customization account setup
*Price for every 40 engagements
Automate assessment response and showcase your cybersecurity posture
Supply Chain Risk Monitoring as a Service
Join us today
.
.
.
.

Thank you for signing up!

Supply Chain Risk Monitoring as a Service
Join us today
.
.
.
.

Thank you for signing up!