• Easy entry into the topic – also for mid-sized companies.
• IT tool OSCA CSR is expanded to include standardized supplier questionnaire for risk identification.
• Loening helps in introducing risk management system to respect human rights.
(Bochum/Berlin, May 4, 2022) The software specialist Setlog now cooperates with Loening – Human Rights & Responsible Business from Berlin. The international consultancy, founded in 2014, offers companies practical and strategic assistance around the subjects of compliance with human rights and sustainability. Setlog’s OSCA CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) IT solution has been expanded to include a standardized questionnaire from Loening for self-disclosure by suppliers. Users of the software can also access Loening’s consulting services regarding policies, operational responsibilities and the introduction of a risk management system. “Markus Loening, founder of Loening consultancy and the former Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, is an experienced professional on the subject. The combination of the established Setlog solution OSCA CSR for mapping and controlling all supply chain partners with the in-depth expertise of the Loening team enables even companies with little knowledge in the area of CSR to meet the requirements of upcoming due diligence laws and related obligations. This makes it easier to get started, especially for mid-sized companies that have to deal with a lot of administrative work when it comes to CSR with small teams,” emphasizes Setlog board member
There is a great need for companies to take action regarding CSR. Studies show in fact that only one-fifth of German companies with more than 500 employees complies with their due diligence obligations in terms of respecting human rights. The German Due Diligence Act will apply to companies with more than 3,000 employees from 2023, while companies with more than 1,000 employees will be liable as of 2024. Likewise, the EU is planning a law that will take effect for companies with 500 or more employees – in high-risk sectors (such as textiles or food) even for those with 250 or more employees. “Even if there is first and foremost an urgent need for action in larger companies, smaller businesses should not postpone the issue. They are under pressure not only from the legislator, but also from their large customers, who have already imposed or will impose these requirements in their supplier contracts,” emphasizes expert Loening.
Companies should not underestimate the time required for this type of project. “The introduction of the software itself is quick. But setting up the right process doesn’t happen in a month,” says Loening. Those who start now, however, can still meet the basic requirements by the end of this year. In addition to the introduction of supplier questionnaires, the definition of processes and reporting structures are among the most important tasks.
The crucial aspect is a powerful IT infrastructure. With the help of the Setlog solution, companies in all industries are able to meet both legal and customer-specific requirements along their supply chain – digitally, efficiently, and future-proof. They can simultaneously create individual specifications for auditing and evaluating suppliers, define their own onboarding processes, and communicate their code of conduct and other guidelines along the supply chain. Additionally, they can request and control audits of factories according to a wide range of standards and manage resulting corrective actions.
Loening – Human Rights & Responsible Business is an international management consultancy in Berlin specialized in human rights. The experts provide practical and strategic consultation on how to integrate compliance with human rights into business operations and the value chain. Most importantly, the experts establish effective management systems for human rights due diligence in accordance with applicable regulations, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The company was founded in 2014 by Markus Loening, the former Human Rights Commissioner of the German Federal Government. Its 16 employees have an extensive international network of stakeholders and partners that they leverage to provide practical solutions for managing the specific human rights risks and impacts of companies operating globally across industries.
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Setlog Holding is a provider of customized supply chain management (SCM) solutions. The central product is the cloud-based software OSCA with the solutions Procurement, SRM, Global Logistics, CSR, and Quality Control. OSCA, which stands for “Online Supply Chain Accelerator”, is used by more than 150 brands in the apparel, electronics, food, consumer goods and hardware sectors. With the help of OSCA, companies connect their customers, suppliers, and service providers to optimally coordinate their supply chain, accelerate processes and efficiently manage supply chains. Setlog GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Setlog Holding AG. The company was founded in 2001 and is today one of the leading providers of SCM software with over 40,000 users in 92 countries. The software house employs 60 people at its locations in Bochum (headquarters), Cologne and New York. www.setlog.com