The aim for businesses was to understand the broad landscape of existing sustainability standards and due diligence expectations driven by customers, society, financial markets as well as developing legal requirements, in particular in Europe and Germany. The training aimed to identify starting points for concrete action in companies own operations as well as their supply chains. The training also aimed to demonstrate how a holistic sustainability management can help to avoid negative social and environmental impacts of businesses while promoting positive outcomes for society and the environment, with particular reference to the southern African context.
Overall, the live training was split between 6 sessions, 4 hours of ‘homework’ exercises with the course extending over several months. The sessions included the following topics and exercises:
Human rights and environmental due diligence with a gap analysis and supply chain mapping exercise
Labour / worker rights issues with a human rights risk mapping exercise
Community issues and grievance mechanisms with a mitigation action plan exercise
Prevention and mitigation measures / monitoring and communication
Project plan implementation exercise and a final project presentation with feedback