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Report: Study on the Support System for SME Supply Chain Due Diligence

Report: Study on the Support System for SME Supply Chain Due Diligence


Author(s): Levin Sources, RINA Consulting

Client(s): The European Commission

From the European Commission:

"The study entailed investigation into SMEs falling within the scope of Regulation 2017/821, surveying them on existing due diligence practices, and their preferred means of support. In addition, a primer to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Due Diligence Guidance was produced for SMEs that included frequently asked questions. Further to this, a support system – the “EC SME Support Programme” – was devised in concept, with supporting materials including an educational platform, a due diligence toolbox, training modules, and educational webinars prepared as ready-to-use content. An overarching communications strategy, implementation plan, and recommendations for promotional content to assist in the roll-out of the Programme were also developed."

In 2016, the European Commission (EC) contracted Levin Sources to design a comprehensive support system for Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union.

The project was initiated alongside the new EU regulation on responsible mineral sourcing (full title: Regulation (EU) 2017/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 laying down supply chain due diligence obligations for Union importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating from conflict affected and high risk areas’).

This publication is the final report of the work Levin Sources and RINA Consulting completed for the European Commission for the project entitled 'Study on the support system for SME supply chain due diligence'. This report is the property of the European Commission, and any future publications will be at its discretion.

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