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    Systain Services

    Consulting to shape the future

    With facts, know-how and over 20 years of experience, we integrate sustainability into your company’s core processes.


    Comprehensive
    sustainability strategies

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    Human rights, climate change, digitalisation and sustainability issues are diverse and complex. Therefore, we identify which sustainability challenges are crucial for your company, keeping the entire value chain and business model in mind. In this way, we develop a holistic strategy for you with targeted focal points to make your company future-proof.

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    Assessment & prioritisation
    We assess and prioritise all ESG issues based on their relevance for your company – along the entire value chain and always with the current reporting guidelines (e.g. GRI and CSRD) in mind.

    Strategy development
    We translate materiality insights into clear, actionable steps and create a roadmap that ensures the integration of sustainability into your business model.

    Stakeholder engagement
    We support you in creating more awareness for sustainability in your company among your internal and external stakeholders.

    Business value
    Sustainability has corporate relevance: we work this out with you and anchor it in your core processes to create value for your company sustainably.

    Impact measurements
    Using our proprietary input-output model, we objectively quantify your company’s sustainability impacts for an objective picture of your interaction with people and nature.

    Stakeholder surveys
    Through web-based stakeholder surveys, we engage your key internal and external stakeholders and uncover their statistically significant expectations of your company.

    Double materiality 
    Through management workshops and online surveys, we determine the influence of sustainability issues on the value drivers efficiency, brand value, innovation and resilience and thus determine the economic success of your company.

    “With Systain’s support, the Eppendorf Group was able to develop its new sustainability strategy within a short period of time. We were particularly convinced by the fact-based approach, which harmonises with our understanding that assuming our corporate responsibility is only successful if we take a thoughtful and substantive approach. The strategy shows the Eppendorf Group a clear path for the coming years and enables us to work in a goal-oriented manner.”
    Anna-Lena Hoffmann, Sustainability Specialist
    Eppendorf

    “Systain conducted a materiality analysis with us, professionally elicited sustainability issues for us and competently prioritised them based on methodological expertise as well as stakeholder and impact analyses.
    Katja Hetzer, Head of Corporate Responsibility
    Klingel Gruppe

    The Sustainability Report 2018-2019 of the Schwarz Group (Lidl and Kaufland) mentions our sustainability consultancy.


    Strategies with a focus
    on human rights

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    Due to regulations such as the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act and increasing public expectations, companies have a responsibility to implement human rights due diligence. We support you in effectively implementing these requirements in your core processes.

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    Setting the strategic framework
    With a structured analysis of your company, we identify the gaps in implementing (inter)national regulations. We use benchmarks to define strategic and operational goals, which allow us to develop a roadmap that establishes human rights due diligence within your company and the supply chain.

    Risk analysis: concepts and solutions
    Risk analysis is the central element of human rights due diligence. We design and implement data-driven, annually repeatable risk analyses for the entire supplier base and your business to identify issues and risky suppliers/sites efficiently.

    Support in measures & grievance mechanism
    We provide comprehensive support in the risk-based derivation of preventive and remedial measures and accompany their practical implementation in corporate processes, including developing concepts for regularly monitoring the appropriateness and effectiveness.

    Policies and risk management
    We support companies in developing their policy statements and further steps to establish risk management. In addition, we develop structural foundations and responsibilities, as well as policies and concepts for controlling systems for human rights risk management.

    Training concepts for employees and partners
    Building awareness and know-how among your employees and partners is crucial to implement human rights due diligence. We develop on-site and off-site training concepts and content, and take over the implementation.

    Gap analysis
    We disclose which organisational, formal and content-related gaps exist in implementing the requirements of the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act. To do this, we assess the status quo with document reviews, interviews, as well as strategic, systemic and operational analyses.

    Risk analysis
    With the help of our estell tool based on extended multi-regional input-output analysis and expertise-supported, qualitative analyses, we enable a targeted risk analysis of your sites and (in)direct suppliers down to the extraction of resources.

    Best practices and concepts for measures
    Through our decades of experience, we apply a comprehensive portfolio of best practices to build human rights risk management and effective measures in supply chains and your sites.

    Information and training
    Based on our many years of training expertise, we develop effective tools to inform and build know-how within your company. We use an intelligent mix of formats – from video and text, recorded inputs and interactive lectures to intensive training (on-site and remote).

    Project on the Declaration of Human Rights Principles:
    “The structured preparation of the different components of a human rights policy statement as well as the presentation of the options in the different ambition levels was very helpful for us. Systain’s experience enabled us to map our level of ambition well and to formulate a human rights policy statement that was a perfect fit for us.” 

    Project on human rights risk analysis:
    “The workshops with Systain helped us to better assess the human rights risks in our supply chain. The clear structure of the online workshops allowed us to have focused discussions and to assess the identified risks in a sound yet pragmatic way.”

    Sara Strödel, Social Compliance Manager
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    “Systain’s analysis made the human rights risk profile and the scope of the GHG emissions of MVV’s strategic suppliers and the entire MVV supply chain transparent. Based on this, Systain developed and implemented focused measures for purchasing and supplier management.”

    Mathias Onischka, Head of Sustainability Department
    MVV Energie AG 

    “Systain’s analysis has been instrumental in helping Dr. Oetker to make the human rights risks and environmental impacts of the supply chain transparent in a fact-based manner, enabling us to implement focused measures for more sustainable supply chain management.”

    Tobias Arndt, Project Manager Sustainability
    Dr. Oetker  

    Systain has been supporting REWE Group since 2021 on human rights due diligence. Project elements include: gap analysis for implementation at REWE Group compared to the requirements of the German Supply Chain Act, development of concrete work packages and roadmaps including process and organisational models to prepare for implementation in regular operations, implementation of human rights risk analyses with a focus on the supply chain.

    “Systain’s data-driven approach to human rights risk analysis and controlling of supplier actions provides us with a critical foundation for efficient and transparent risk management for human rights due diligence.”

    Nadia Stillhart, Sustainability Project Manager
    SBB (Swiss Federal Railways)


    Strategies with a focus
    on Climate protection

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    Climate protection is demanding and requires effective and overarching solutions: from the strategic core of the company across the entire value chain to the reliable measurement of progress. In doing so, we rely on suitable tools and ambitious yet implementable concepts that demonstrably reduce emissions.

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    All our services comply with the current reporting standards (CDP, Greenhouse Gas Protocol).

    Carbon footprinting and hot-spot analyses
    With minimal effort, you get full transparency on your company’s and supply chain’s greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3). We identify drivers and hot spots in all processes.

    Company-specific target definition in the sense of science-based targets
    We will work with you to determine suitable science-based climate protection targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and advise you on how to achieve them. 

    Impact analysis
    We evaluate the effects of your measures within the company and along the value chain and develop emissions scenarios to set the right impulse for action at an early stage.

    Climate protection measures and roadmaps
    We help you derive the right measures for your climate protection strategy and develop actionable roadmaps at your sites or in your (deep) supply chain.

    Carbon accounting
    We support you in meeting the complex requirements of annual reporting-compliant accounting and setting up an appropriate accounting approach for scope 3 emissions.

    Advanced input-output analysis
    With our proprietary input-output model estell, we analyze your company’s GHG emissions based on your financial key figures in a practicable and audit-compliant manner.

    Statistical LCA analysis with focus on agriculture
    Using our estell harvest and estell livestock tools, we identify environmental impacts specifically caused in food and agricultural supply chains – pragmatically, comprehensively and consistently.

    Hot spot analyses
    We break down where emissions occur in your supply chain: in countries, sectors, supply chain levels and company divisions.

    Measure evaluation
    We evaluate the climate protection contribution of measures and help to assess amogst instance their feasibility, effect or effort.

    Definition of measures
    Together with you, we derive suitable measures for climate protection in the supply chain, starting with quick wins and ending with strategic decisions.

    Workshops
    In our workshops, we focus on knowledge transfer and the involvement of relevant internal stakeholders and the successful structured implementation of climate protection strategies.

    estell [Systain’s analytics tool] provides us with the evidence base to manage and control our sustainability strategy.”

    Dr. Johannes Merck, former Director Corporate Responsibility
    Otto Group 

    “Systain’s analysis made the human rights risk profile and the scope of GHG emissions of MVV’s strategic suppliers and the entire MVV supply chain transparent. Based on this, Systain developed and implemented focused measures for purchasing and supplier management.”

    Mathias Onischka, Head of Sustainability Department
    MVV Energie AG 

    “Our company has tens of thousands of suppliers – without estell [Systain’s analysis tool], the analysis of ecological effects in the supply chain would not have been possible. estell has helped us to get a good score in ratings.”

    Global manufacturer of industrial goods

    “Systain’s approach of capturing the environmental impacts of the supply chain through monetary information facilitates many analyses and is key to comprehensive sustainability management. The approach is methodically verified and based on facts.”

    Prof. Dr. Mario Schmidt
    Pforzheim University

    With the CDP, Systain analysed the greenhouse gas emissions in scope 3 (the deeper supply chain) of 12 economic sectors. The findings were published in a study. 


    Strategies with a focus
    on supply chains

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    Complex supply chains lead to complex issues – we analyse the impacts of your supply chain or specific products/assortments on key issues such as biodiversity, deforestation, pollution and waste and define requirements for the sustainable improvement of products with you. We also support you in improving your sustainability management along the supply chain and developing strategies.

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    Natural capital assessment
    We assess various sustainability issues of product ranges and supply chains based on monetary values of their impacts along the entire value chain (water, resource and land consumption, pollutant emissions, water and land pollution).

    Assortment strategies
    We create sustainability criteria regarding your assortments/products that are suitable as potential requirements for purchasing and category management. 

    Supplier risk management
    We develop approaches for the pragmatic management of suppliers such as processes for human rights risk analysis, risk assessment of your suppliers or controlling tools to determine the fulfilment of measures per supplier.

    Impact measurements
    Using our extended input-output model estell, we analyse your company’s sustainability impacts (including biodiversity and deforestation risks, environmental costs, water risks, and resource use) with your key financial figures.

    Statistical LCA analysis with focus on agriculture
    Using our estell harvest and estell livestock tools, we identify environmental impacts specifically caused in food and agricultural supply chains – pragmatically, comprehensively and consistently.

    Hot spot analyses
    We break down where the sustainability impacts arise in your supply chain: Countries, sectors, supply chain levels and business units.

    Risk assessment
    We develop a customised risk assessment of your suppliers and integrate it into your company’s processes.

    Workshops
    In joint workshops, we share our expertise and drive the development and implementation of supply chain strategies.

    Pilot projects
    We help define pilot projects and assess their scalability within the company and the supply chain.

    “Systain enabled us to efficiently get reliable insights on the environmental risks of our supply chain. It also supported us well in the positive impact evaluation of current and future sustainability activities. All in all, the projects we led with Systain served us as a useful basis for refining our sustainability programme.”
    Marina Schurr, Sustainability Director
    Adidas 

    estell [Systain’s analytics tool] provides us with the evidence base to manage and control our sustainability strategy.”
    Dr. Johannes Merck, former Director Corporate Responsibility
    Otto Group

    “Systain’s fact-based analysis made the environmental impacts and social risks in Valora’s supply chain transparent. Based on the information, targeted sustainability management measures were developed and implemented. The analysis was a milestone for Valora’s sustainability management.”
    Yannic Steffan, Head of Sustainability Management
    Valora

    “Systain’s analysis has been instrumental in helping Dr. Oetker to make the human rights risks and environmental impacts of the supply chain transparent in a fact-based manner, enabling us to implement focused measures for more sustainable supply chain management.”
    Tobias Arndt, Project Manager Sustainability
    Dr. Oetker 

    “Systain’s data-driven approach to human rights risk analysis and controlling of supplier actions provides us with a critical foundation for efficient and transparent risk management for human rights due diligence.”
    Nadia Stillhart, Sustainability Project Manager
    SBB (Swiss Federal Railways)

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