econsense Discussion Paper on Sustainability in Global Supply Chains
The publication is an information and guidance document for companies on central aspects of sustainable supply chain management worldwide for businesses. Representing a general consensus of the econsense member companies on the key aspects of corporate sustainability in global supply chain, the document is intended in particular for companies which have not yet established a systematic sustainability management system, with the aim of helping them to anchor sustainability in their core business.
Workshop: Business and Human Rights – Putting the Ruggie-Framework and the Guiding Principles into Practice
On April 15 2013, econsense and CSR Europe hosted a workshop on business and human rights in Berlin. The participants shared their experiences on opportunities and challenges for global companies regarding the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Ruggie Framework. Further, best practices and the corporate implementation of the regulations were discussed.
CSR Europe: Consultation with members and stakeholders on company mechanisms for addressing human rights complaints
The UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on business and human rights set expectations on what constitutes an effective corporate mechanism for addressing human rights complaints. However, companies sometimes find it challenging to link these concepts in practice with business processes. In order to address these gaps and support companies in understanding the UNGPs expectations in practice, CSR Europe has broken down the effectiveness criteria of the UNGP into 21 process requirements allowing companies to see how the UN Guiding Principles are met with existing internal processes.
As part of CSR Europe’s Collaborative Project on Sustainable Supply Chains, Business & Human Rights econsense supported the report and continues to work on the issue. CSR Europe plans to further continue its work in this area and gather more information on company practice in addressing complaints. Based on feedback received from public consultations, stakeholder dialogues and from the examples of company practice gathered the report will be updated successively.