Sustainable Supply Chain Consultants provides strategic services to organisations willing to do business sustainably.

The world is in transition. To respect human rights, safeguard our natural resources and ensure future generations will inherit a liveable planet, sustainable solutions are required.

Services

We help visionaries designing new futures, exploring new ways to work together, and crafting new strategies.

We offer strategic guidance and support with the  implementation of International Responsible Business Conduct (RBC), International Corporate Social Responsibility (ICSR) and sustainability due diligence in supply chains, to sectors, companies, NGOs,  governments, multistakeholder initiatives and  international institutions. 

We offer the following sustainable supply chain products and services:

DUE DILIGENCE FOR MSIs AND SECTORS

Support to RBC multi-stakeholder sector initiatives with implementing OECD due diligence:

  • Determining baselines for RBC risks
  • Development of supplier-assessment questionnaires, self-assessment questionnaires, progress assessment frameworks, software tools for joint risk identification
  • Developing and implementing sector due diligence tools for risk identification and monitoring
  • Training and workshops
  • Advice regarding options to provide access to remedy and (collective) grievance mechanisms

DUE DILIGENCE FOR INDIVIDUAL ORGANISATIONS

CSR due diligence consulting for individual organisations:

  • Defining a RBC, ESG or CSR policy
  • Assistance with implementing the OECD due diligence process
  • Identifying and assessing human rights and environmental risks in value chains
  • Stakeholder consultation 
  • Prioritising risks and determining risk management options
  • Training and workshops
  • Monitoring impacts
  • Due diligence reporting and communication
  • Providing access to remedy

GENERAL SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN ADVICE

Strategies, Trainings and Evaluations facilitating sustainable value chains, for companies and sectors: 

  1. Providing training and workshops on concepts of due diligence and improved information regarding risks from value chains
  2. Strategizing on sector approaches to common human rights and environmental risks
  3. Skills building in human rights and environmental risk prioritisation 
  4. Defining frameworks for RBC risk monitoring and assessments

Projects

A selection of completed projects is the following:

RBC due diligence tools for a floricultural sector MSI

RBC due diligence tools for a floricultural sector MSI

Developed RBC due diligence tools for a multi-stakeholder initiative  on sustainability in international supply chains of the floricultural sector in the Netherlands, RBC Agreement Floriculture .
Application of due diligence in a textiles industry MSI

Application of due diligence in a textiles industry MSI

Implemented and evaluated the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), a multi-stakeholder initiative to collectively implement the OECD due diligence guidelines for the clothing and textile industry
Creation of sustainable supply chain tools for a company

Creation of sustainable supply chain tools for a company

Developed tools for a middle size business with an international market, such as an internal Code of Conduct, Code of Conduct for Business Partners, training on Human and Labour Rights, etc -taking into account its QHSE Management System- and evaluated progress based on the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises.

Development of RBC strategy solar

Development of RBC strategy

Performed a RBC risk inventorisation and developed a strategy and practical action plan together with a small business selling solar systems in Africa, based on the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises

sustainability audits for several plywood

Sustainability audits

Performed sustainability audits for several plywood producing companies in Latin America, to contribute to improvement of RBC in the timber supply chain.

Development of due diligence guidance for a timber MSI

Development of due diligence guidance for a timber MSI

Provided a workshop and drafting the due diligence guidance for the Agreement to Stimulate Sustainable Forest management

Projects

A selection of completed projects is the following:

RBC due diligence tools for a floricultural sector MSI

RBC due diligence tools for a floricultural sector MSI

Developed RBC due diligence tools for a multi-stakeholder initiative  on sustainability in international supply chains of the floricultural sector in the Netherlands, RBC Agreement Floriculture .
Application of due diligence in a textiles industry MSI

Application of due diligence in a textiles industry MSI

Implemented and evaluated the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), a multi-stakeholder initiative to collectively implement the OECD due diligence guidelines for the clothing and textile industry
Creation of sustainable supply chain tools for a company

Creation of sustainable supply chain tools for a company

Developed tools for a middle size business with an international market, such as an internal Code of Conduct, Code of Conduct for Business Partners, training on Human and Labour Rights, etc -taking into account its QHSE Management System- and evaluated progress based on the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises.

Development of RBC strategy solar

Development of RBC strategy

Performed a RBC risk inventorisation and developed a strategy and practical action plan together with a small business selling solar systems in Africa, based on the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises

sustainability audits for several plywood

Sustainability audits

Performed sustainability audits for several plywood producing companies in Latin America, to contribute to improvement of RBC in the timber supply chain.

Development of due diligence guidance for a timber MSI

Development of due diligence guidance for a timber MSI

Provided a workshop and drafting the due diligence guidance for the Agreement to Stimulate Sustainable Forest management

Due Diligence

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational enterprises and the UNGPs are voluntary international guidelines to facilitate companies to carry out responsible business behaviour. Many businesses and sectors are using these guidelines to enhance sustainable production, mitigate environmental pollution and heighten the respect for human rights in their own operations and in their value chains.

Business activities may result in adverse impacts related to corporate governance, workers, human rights, the environment, bribery, and consumers. The OECD MNE guidelines and UNGPs describe a process, called due diligence, which enterprises should carry out to

Many sector initiatives and industry schemes are stimulating their members to apply due diligence. In some countries, national legislation is being drafted which will mandate (large, multi-national) companies to carry out due diligence. 

SSC-Consultants provides support to sectors and individual companies to carry out due diligence.

About

Sustainable Supply Chain Consultants is a multidisciplinary intelligence & consultancy  firm on human rights and environmental management. We work  for sectors, companies, NGOs, industry coalitions, governments, multistakeholder initiatives and  international institutions. 

Our signature: expertise and comprehensive approaches for sustainable impacts; here and in production countries. 

Our values: humane, honest, quality-driven and future-focused.

Meet the team

Sandra van Hulsen

Background

Sandra is passionate about contributing to fair business. Her goal is a living income and living wage for people in countries in transition who do business with the global north, and conservation and development of nature. 

She studied Management & Organisation (Groningen University) and Forest & Nature Conservation (Wageningen University and Research).

For the past 25 years she primarily worked for companies, in addition to some NGOs, governments, public-private partnerships and the UN, on all three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic and environment. She assisted individual companies in implementing diverse CSR/RBC  guidelines in a practical manner, e.g.  the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises and Global Reporting Initiative;  managed programmes on labour rights and  environment; and supported multi-stakeholder initiatives to design practical tools for implementation of due diligence. 

Previous assignments

Most companies Sandra assisted are small and medium scale enterprises, while she also advised multinationals such as Canon, Sharp, Shell and Rabobank, and organisations such as UN-ILO,WWF and IDH- The Sustainable Trade Initiative.

Current activities

She currently focuses on strategic guidance to companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives to improve International Responsible Business Conduct/Corporate Social Responsibility, especially labour rights and environment (climate change, biodiversity and circularity).

Lonneke Bakker

Background

Lonneke has the ambition to provide a good life to every living being. She likes working on complex programs and initiatives aimed at promoting respect for human rights, avoiding environmental degradation and climate change and promoting the welfare of animals.

She holds a Masters Degree in Biology, with a specialisation in sustainable development and nature conservation.

Throughout her career she combined ecological, sociological and economical insights to define and implement best and durable solutions for a myriad of challenges. Her experience is highly diverse; she implemented multi-stakeholder agreements, undertook research and provided advice for UN conventions, coordinated evaluations, managed conservation and development programs, and assisted small and medium scale enterprises to implement due diligence. 

Previous assignments

Lonneke mainly worked for knowledge institutions, such as the UN-FAO, Wageningen University Graduate School, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam  and IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, but also for NGOs such as WWF, Four Paws, WAP, IUCN, Friends of the Earth, and some private companies.

Current activities

She currently focuses on strategic guidance to initiatives aimed at International Responsible Business Conduct in its broadest sense; enhanced environmental protection, improved animal welfare and increased respect for human rights.  

Contact

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