What is CSR Risk Management?

Customers, governments and civil society organisations expect companies to do business with respect for people and planet. Internationally this is laid down in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Companies are required to identify, prevent and reduce CSR risks in their supply chain, both upstream and downstream. This is also called 'due diligence' or 'CSR risk management'.

How to implement CSR risk management

The CSR risk management roadmap consists of eight steps:

1. Check existing CSR policies & activities;
2. Map your supply chain;
3. Identify CSR risks;
4. Prioritise CSR risks;
5. Take action and collaborate with supply chain partners to address risks;
6. Integrate the approach in business processes & provide grievance mechanisms;
7. Monitor progress and evaluate;
8. Communicate about policies and progress.