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)

    Related Documents

    REAP for Consultants (PDF, 211 KB) more

    REAP for SMEs (PDF, 212 KB) more

    REAP for Multinationals (PDF, 224 KB) more


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    Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations