From office supplies such as pencils and printer ink to medical products, vehicles and even wind turbines: carrying out a huge number of different projects every year means that we require a high volume of material. In 2022, GIZ spent around EUR 2.1 billion – 53 per cent of its business volume – on procuring goods and services. Procurement that is as sustainable as possible, and which takes into account both environmental and social criteria, is important to us. The Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains has once again strengthened our focus on the rights of people in our supply chains. In addition to that, it is our aim and our duty to provide a safe working environment for all our staff.
The Act came into force on 1 January 2023, but we began to review compliance with environmental and social standards in our supply chains and internal processes many years before that. In 2022, we used the CSR Risk Check tool to conduct a risk analysis for our goods and services, examining factors such as environmental and human rights risks along the supply chain. Thanks to this analysis, we now know which goods and services are particularly high-risk – because of frequent disregard for compliance with the rights of trade unions or because the health of workers is endangered, for example. We use this information to develop guidelines that show those responsible what risks are involved in procurement and which sustainability criteria they need to take into account. We are serious about sustainable procurement, as is demonstrated by the fact that we incorporate social and environmental criteria into our purchasing process instead of just buying the cheapest product.
We attach great importance to ensuring that our staff are well informed about human rights due diligence, which is why we expanded our training materials in 2021 and 2022. These materials are now available to all staff. We have been offering external service providers an online course entitled ‘Guide for Practising Corporate Sustainability’ since 2019. It aims to provide information about sustainability management at GIZ and to communicate the key elements of sustainability standards. Last year, we added content for recipients of financing to the course.