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The LkSG is the latest Act in a series of rolling regulations companies must follow in order to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and the protection of human rights. Companies must comply with the standards outlined in the German Supply Chain Act or face financial penalties and fines up to 2% of annual revenues and exclusion from public tenders for up to three years.
The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) has been clear in its authority and intent to audit companies in relation to the LkSG. This is a significant difference from other regulations such as the Dutch Child Labour Due Diligence Law or the French Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law, which provides the governing bodies with little to no independent auditing authority. As such, companies should be prepared to show proof of action, and the criteria according to which it assessed the risks and took its measures.
Additionally, the LkSG also applies if a company has a branch office Germany, and more than 3,000 workers physically located in Germany. The law covers companies operating in all sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and construction.
If your company supplies goods or services to Germany, it's important to be aware of the requirements of the Lieferkettengesetz (LkSG), or German Supply Chain Act. Businesses that supply to a large German company will likely have to send and track large amounts of detailed ESG data to their German customers in order to keep doing business with them. As such, having a centralized repository of your human rights and ESG information as well as efforts taken to remedy risks or violations will be necessary for continued business in Germany.
The law serves as a reminder that businesses have not only moral but also legal obligations when it comes to human rights and environmental protection, for which they will be held accountable.
The LkSG is also a reminder that the German government is taking action on this issue. In recent years, the government has been criticized for not doing enough to combat forced labor and other abuses in global supply chains. The LkSG shows that the government is committed to addressing these problems, and that it is willing to hold companies accountable for their role in them.
Zero tolerance policies, vendor agreements, and supplier questionnaires will not suffice. The law requires active monitoring and mitigation. This is why FRDM was created. With our comprehensive vendor mapping and risk modeling, FRDM uses your spend data to trace and risk assess suppliers up to end tiers. Most supply chains are too large for burdensome hand collection of data.
This is an entirely internal decision that your organization must make. This officer should be responsible for all monitoring of suppliers, risk mitigation efforts, and reporting on effectiveness. Sorry we can’t help you choose this person, but we look forward to working with them.
Questionnaires alone won’t work. FRDM’s monitoring and mapping features allows you to continuously monitor your supply chain at every level.
Policy statements require more than words and standards. The LkSG, and forthcoming EU law, require companies to meaningfully engage their suppliers. FRDM works with Fortune Global 500 companies helping them comply with multiple due diligence laws. We’ve also worked with governments and non-profit organizations worldwide. We are equipped to advise you on best practices for your policy statement work.
You need to be demonstratively proactive in your risk management approach, measuring and mapping before a risk event occurs, and be able to produce proof of doing so. FRDM tracks all your risk mitigation activity and generates quarterly reports of prevention measures. All activity is archived and organized. FRDM is designed to help you get ahead of risk and collaborate with your suppliers.
What should you do when you find a labor violation? Do you remove the supplier from your supplier base? Do you require training? Apply corrective measures? FRDM will guide your organization towards the appropriate action that will incentivize suppliers to implement measures in line with your company values.
Whistleblowing should be established by a third party and installed at the supplier level. You need to ensure suppliers are clearly communicating whistleblowing to it’s employees and contract labor. FRDM can assist by integrating data from multiple third party solutions into intuitive workflows.
FRDM maps your indirect suppliers to your direct suppliers using proprietary supply chain mapping technology. We can also work with your suppliers to spot risky upstream sub-suppliers to identify sanctioned and high risk upstream suppliers.
The LkSG requires 7 years of activity archives. Reports need to demonstrate empirical progress year over year. FRDM provides quarterly reports, ad hoc reporting, and archiving of all actions taken by your organization.