Sustainable Supply Chains – Shaping Value Chains Responsibly Through Embedding Due Diligence

Key Outputs:

11 businesses benefitted through training delivery via their purchasing, business development, sales, HR, Health & Safety, CSR/sustainability management staff
8 projects implemented to improve working conditions, such as developing a policy
Participating businesses represented 11 industries including: Renewable Resources, Retail, Wholesale, Mining, Automotive, Manufacturing, Distribution, Services (Environmental Hygiene), Pharmaceuticals, Warehousing and Freight Forwarding
Sustainable Links subcontracted Partner Africa to jointly develop and deliver a training course for 11 South African / Namibian companies between April and August 2022. The project was funded by GIZ from the Business Scout for Development programme. The Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) commissioned SustainableLinks to design and pilot the training. In addition to organising the training, SAGCC was also responsible for participant selection and management.

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

"Partner Africa supported us in developing the training course for South African and Namibian companies. Their training expertise and local knowledge of supply chains and good practices allowed us to develop a training that was perfectly tailored to the local context.”

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