What is REAP?

REAP is a CSR-based management and reporting tool. It was developed by UNIDO to assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in their efforts to implement CSR-based management approaches and operation methods.

REAP is being disseminated to SMEs worldwide, via a network of trained and qualified local UNIDO CSR experts. These certified experts come from various types of public or private business support and advisory institutions with a strong background in environmental, social or productivity upgrading issue, and have undergone a one-week training on the REAP methodology carried out by UNIDO.

REAP allows for:

  • Effective assessment of SMEs’ CSR performance
  • Implementation of CSR principles using a concept that is in line with a company’s core business strategy, productivity considerations, operational costs savings and enhanced market access
  • Marketing and positioning of SMEs in global value chains
  • Standardized reporting for global benchmarking and assessment of SME suppliers and partners worldwide
  • Implementation of Responsible Supply Chain Management on local supplier level

REAP is based on the following approaches:

  • Triple-Bottom-Line (TBL) Approach, which combines economic, environmental and social data in an assessment of a company’s achievements
  • 5S methodology for enhancing workplaces and process efficiency (productivity upgrading)
  • Total Employee Involvement (TEI) Concept to allow for continuous improvement
  • UN Global Compact (10 principles of responsible business conduct), covering Human Rights, Labour Standards, Environment and Anti-Corruption
  • Other international standards such as ISO 26000, ISO 14001, SA 8000, OHSAS 18001, etc.
  • Best practices in Responsible Supply Chain Management

Who can work with REAP:

  • UN Global Compact Networks
  • Public and private CSR business advisory institutions
  • Business, environmental and technology management consultants
  • SME development agencies
  • Business associations
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Supplier development experts of large companies (responsible supply chain management)