Unleash Opportunity: SME and Due Diligence



SMEs and Due Diligence: Mission (Im)possible?
Thursday 30 September from 10:00 till 11:00 CEST

SMEs represent the backbone of the EU economy accounting for nearly 90 % of all businesses according to OECD data. They are also key actors in global supply chains. What if all SMEs were conducting due diligence? Is it even possible for SMEs to do so? This session aims on the one hand, to unpack the challenges that SMEs face when conducting due diligence and, on the other, discuss how best to design policies so that SMEs become part and parcel of due diligence.

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10:00 – 10:05 Welcome and introduction by Valentina Bolognesi, Senior Social Policy Advisor, amfori 

10:05 – 10:45 Panel discussion with the speakers below



Julia Del Valle, Junior Policy Analyst Garment and Footwear Sector, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct

Anke Fransen, CSR Manager, HVEG Fashion Group

Jeske van Seters, Head of Programme Private Sector Engagement | Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme, ECDPM

István Németh, Policy officer Corporate Social Responsibility / Business and Human Rights, European Commission DG GROW Unit G.2