From Law to Metrics: Quantifying and Managing Risks Related to Human Rights and the Environment in Global Supply Chains

Achim Tschauder , Program Director, Bucerius Legal Operations Campus
Mark Schmidt, Research associate , Institute of Management Accounting and Simulation, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Matthias Meyer, Head of the Institute for Management Accounting and Simulation, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Maik Ebersoll, Head of Legal Operations, Robert Bosch GmbH

Various legislators have discussed and implemented regulations on sustainability in supply chains in recent years. Examples include the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence to Prevent Human Rights Violations in Supply Chains (LkSG) and the European Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). These are intended to improve the protection of human rights and the environment in global supply chains. They oblige companies (i) to ensure transparent, responsible, and sustainable supply chain management, (ii) to identify, prevent, and mitigate human rights violations and negative environmental impacts, and (iii) to establish grievance mechanisms for reporting grievances.

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Germany Risk Manufacturing June 2024 Vol.17, No. 67, Spring 2024

Achim Tschauder

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Achim Tschauder is the Program Director of the Bucerius Legal Operations Campus and an independent Legal Operations Consultant, working with Legal Departments and Law Firms on digitization and transformation projects with a particular focus on using data to support data-driven decision-making.

Mark Schmidt

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Mark Schmidt is a research associate at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) at the Institute of Management Accounting and Simulation. He graduated with degrees in business administration and logistics from TUHH and Leuphana University Luneburg. His research focuses on modeling and simulating costing systems, cost and risk management.

Matthias Meyer

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Matthias Meyer is a full professor and the head of the Institute for Management Accounting and Simulation at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). With visiting positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Venice International University, his research and teaching encompass management accounting, product costing, risk management, simulation modeling, and philosophy of science.

Maik Ebersoll

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Maik Ebersoll is Head of Legal Operations in The Bosch Group. He obtained his degrees in law and business administration. His research interests encompass a diverse range of subjects, including Legal Management, Risk Management, as well as alternative economic theory based on homomorphisms of economic structures and Gibbs-Falkian thermodynamics.

Robert Bosch GmbH

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad footprint across industries and regions strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources.

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

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Bucerius Legal Operations Campus

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Germany Risk Manufacturing June 2024 Vol.17, No. 67, Spring 2024