Capacity building for SME’s on the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG).
In recent years, a rich dialogue has emerged around the role that businesses play in shaping our environment, well-being, and security. On one hand businesses are celebrated for their contributions to sustainable development through various initiatives, on the other, there are instances where businesses have been criticized for promoting harmful behaviors.
In this context, there has been a rejuvenated campaign to clean business operations and global supply chains of irresponsible behavior. Consumers, shareholders and investors are demanding that enterprises do more to minimize harms and maximize social dividends not only in times of economic expansion, but also as a response to present and future crisis. For this reason, there has been a significant push to make human rights due diligence practice mandatory for all businesses.
OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF INTERVENTION
UNDP Sri Lanka is looking to recruit an institution to work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to build their capacity on being able to embark on a structured approach to human rights and environmental due diligence in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and relevant international standards and legislations. More specifically, looking at targeting SME’s in the Agriculture and Tourism sector they are exporting their products to Germany. The objective being to familiarize and orient these small businesses to the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG).
The intervention should fulfil the below objectives,
• An awareness session to introduce the Germany’s new Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) to a wider audience of at least 80 participants; with industry stakeholders from the public and private sector SMEs [hybrid setting is preferred]
• Develop a curriculum that introduces the core elements of environmental and human rights due diligence in an accessible and practical way to companies
• Train up to 150 SME representatives from two sectors namely Agriculture and Food and Tourism based in Sri Lanka
• Development of a simple guideline for SMEs on implementing Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (HREDD) in supply chains
• Post training evaluation and feedback from businesses.
Kindly refer to the Terms of Reference attached to the Overview section for details of this assignment.
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