Due diligence obligations in the supply chain For eight years, the BMW Group has been paying due respect to corporate due diligence within the supplier network. Back in 2008, we defined comprehensive preventive measures, such as contractual obligations to adhere to environmental and social standards and for the first time laid these down as specifications when commissioning suppliers for the BMW i3. In 2014, these standards were extended with the addition of a multi-stage due diligence process, which encompasses the procurement of production material for all vehicle models as well as non-production-related goods and services. Examples of the contents include the contractual obligation for extended environmental and social standards, human rights as well as management systems for occupational safety and environmental protection. All suppliers with direct business relationship with the BMW Group must pass on these requirements to their respective subsuppliers in the form of a contract.
We believe in respect of the internationally recognised human rights and are guided, among others, by the following principles and regulations
- the United Nations Guiding principles on Business and Human Rights
- Principles of the UN Global Compact
- Principles of the International Labour Organisation
- OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct
- the National Action Plan of the German Federal Government and the Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains of the Federal Republic of Germany derived therefrom