In the second step of the due diligence cycle, companies must identify and assess potential adverse impacts in operations, supply chains and business relations.
To facilitate this, signatories to the IRBC agreement worked together with Van Hulsen Consulting to set up a self-assessment questionnaire for companies to assess to what extent they cover the OECD due diligence criteria with their existing procedures and policies. This self-assessment questionnaire focusses on components that are not covered in standards (based on a comparison with the benchmarks for the FSI basket of standards) and are aligned with the principles of the floriculture sector code of conduct.
The self-assessment questionnaire can be used as (1) a guideline for discussions with suppliers to implement and improve a due diligence process, or (2) as a way of risk assessment through the information provided by the risk-based questionnaire. Based on the results of the questionnaire, users can discuss how possible remaining effects/impacts of the issues mentioned can be prevented or solved, possibly through collaborative efforts.