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CSRD: Why are small companies concerned? It's a Value Chain Affair!

While it's the larger corporations that are in the spotlight with direct reporting requirements under the CSRD, let's not overlook the transformative impact this directive has across the entire business ecosystem. Indeed, the real game-changer lies within the value chain.


Why does this matter for all businesses, regardless of size? 🤔 Let’s dive in:

🔍 A key feature of the CSRD is its value chain consideration. The CSRD isn’t just about reporting what happens within the four walls of a company. It extends to the entire value chain, from suppliers to customers. This means that the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts considered are not just your own, but those of your partners, suppliers, and even your products after they leave your hands.




Ultimately, understanding and reporting the sustainability impact requires a deep dive into the entire lifecycle of products and services. For many companies, the bulk of their environmental and social impact occurs in their supply chain or in the use phase of their products. This means businesses will need to engage in more comprehensive data collection and analysis, extending beyond their immediate operations. Large businesses might demand more detailed sustainability data from their suppliers, including SMEs, to fulfill their own reporting obligations. This means even SMEs not directly subject to the CSRD may need to adopt similar reporting practices to maintain business relationships, potentially requiring significant changes in their operations or sustainability practices.

For smaller businesses and those not directly under the CSRD’s umbrella, this creates a powerful ripple effect as the CSRD is also about choosing and working with partners who prioritize sustainability.


To stay in the game and maintain strong business relationships, companies at every level of the supply chain will need to align with sustainability standards. This indirect pressure encourages a shift towards more sustainable practices across the board, making sustainability a collective effort.


The CSRD is more than a directive; it's a call to action for sustainable transformation across the entire value chain, whether you're a startup, a SME, or a multinational giant. Embracing this challenge is not just about compliance; it’s about seizing the opportunity to innovate, to stand out, and to contribute to a more sustainable world for future generations.

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