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Minimising risks

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Once the risks have been identified, preventive measures and counter-measures must be taken and integrated into business activities. The measures taken should adequately address the severity of the potential and actual impact on human rights.

In some cases, specialised training for certain employees in the company can help, in other cases, training of suppliers is needed. Other problems can be solved by making changes to management processes or supply chains, for example, through reformed procurement procedures or working with suppliers to improve their management of human rights risks. If the company's sphere of influence is limited, or if support in the implementation of industry-specific human rights diligence and reporting is desired, joining an industry initiative to create synergy effects may be useful. It is important that the responsibilities for the measures to fulfil the human rights due diligence requirements are clearly assigned within the company and that efficacy is monitored.


The Federal Government has compiled answers to frequently asked questions on the implementation of the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP). The FAQ is continuously expanded and updated. Currently it is only available in German.