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SME Compass

Step by step towards greater sustainability? The SME Compass can support you! Using the free online tool, you can better understand social and environmental risks along your supply chain and fulfil your corporate due diligence responsibilities.

What is the best way to get started? The SME Compass can help!

Whether supplier, retailer or production company: global supply and value chains also form part of the core business operations of German SMEs. How can you find out the conditions under which raw materials were mined? Or how things stand with regard to issues such as  environmental protection or chemicals management  - especially in  lower tiers of the supply chain in developing countries?

The SME Compass can help: this free online tool supports companies that wish to pay more attention to environmental aspects and human rights in a concrete and practical way. This makes it easier to take targeted measures and comply with due diligence obligations.

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The SME Compass supports companies in establishing a robust management system to help make their supply chains more environmentally and socially responsible . The free information portal offers practical help, specific instructions and tips, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Now online: your entry point to sustainable supply chain management

What is the best way to get started? And how do I proceed from there? The "Due Diligence Compass" is part of the SME Compass. It guides companies step by step towards greater sustainability and robust supply chains. The information portal is aimed specifically at SMEs – business chambers, associations and companies were involved in its development.

The SME Compass guides through the following steps: 

  1. Develop a strategy - and set the direction.
  2. Analyse risks - and set priorities 
  3. Take action - and take responsibility
  4. Measure and report - and seek dialogue
  5. Manage complaints - and improve processes

The content of the SME Compass is based on the German National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP), the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights

We advise companies individually, free of charge and confidentially about anchoring human rights diligence into their core business and support them with meeting the increasing social, environmental and human rights requirements.

How may we help you?

Malte Drewes

Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights

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