The Act on Corporate Due Dilligence Obligations in Supply Chains
In 2021, the German Bundestag passed the Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations for the Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Supply Chains (Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz - LkSG). As of January 1, 2023, companies with at least 3,000 employees (this includes Charité) are required to exercise due regard for human rights and environmental protection throughout their supply chains, to a greater extent than before.
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Human rights and environmental protection
As Charité already takes its responsibility regarding human rights and environmental protection very seriously, we are well prepared to meet the new legal requirements. We gladly provide information about our due diligence strategy and what we expect from our suppliers. We also provide information about the reporting process regarding due diligence violations.
Charité Policy Statement
The Charité Board of Directors recently issued a policy statement outlining our position on human rights and environmental protection. In this statement, the Board of Directors declare Charité’s commitment to human rights and the protection of the environment, following the principles of international frameworks and guidelines. Charité expects our suppliers to implement appropriate processes and measures to fulfill their human rights and environmental due diligence obligations. In the policy statement, the Board of Directors also identify and risk areas of particular relevance to our due diligence efforts. Based on these risk areas, a number of preventive and remedial measures have been defined and implemented.
These include the following:
- Consideration of human rights and environmental concerns in decision-making processes
- Establishment of a Central Coordination Unit LkSG
- Risk analyses within Charité on a regular basis, focusing on human rights and environmental risks
- Continuous risk analyses of suppliers, focusing on human rights and environmental risks
- Establishment of a reporting procedure
- Employee trainings
Charité encourages all individuals to submit information on human rights and/or environmental risks or violations. For this purpose, we have established a reporting procedure.
For a quick overview of the procedure, click on the image at the left. You will then see a larger view and may download the document for future reference. For more detailed information, please download the guidelines to the reporting procedure.
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Central Coordination Office LkSG
Charité has established a dedicated Central Coordination Unit LkSG to coordinate the fulfillment of due diligence obligations. It acts as a liaison between external persons/organizations, the organizational units of Charité and the Board of Directors. The Central Coordination Unit conducts regular and ad-hoc risk analyses, coordinates the implementation of preventive and remedial measures, and oversees the reporting procedure.
Please direct all questions and comments regarding human rights and environmental due diligence to the Central Coordination Office LkSG:
Phone: +49 30 450 577 577