The Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains, or the Supply Chain Act for short, went into effect on January 1, 2023. It regulates the responsibility and due diligence obligations of companies to uphold human rights and environmental protection in global supply chains. In the period since the law came into force, companies with at least 3,000 employees in Germany have to be the first ones to meet these requirements. Starting in 2024, companies with more than 1,000 employees will also be affected by the Supply Chain Act.
Körber attaches great importance to ensuring sustainable supply chains and sustainable procurement. This is a complex task, because the Group works together with around 10,000 suppliers in 80 countries worldwide and purchases about 50 percent of its total output. This means that a large part of the CO₂e emissions are generated in the supply chains.
When selecting and evaluating suppliers, emissions reduction now plays a key role alongside environmental protection, occupational health and safety, social standards, compliance, and the observance of human rights. Thus environmental, social, and company-related criteria are part of the regular evaluation of existing suppliers as well as decisive concerns in the selection of new suppliers.