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EU initiative for supply chain legislation

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An initiative by: CSR

Overview: CSR

Background

Overview: Background

Sustainability and CSR

International frameworks: guides for global business

Benefits for companies

CSR national

Overview: CSR national

National CSR Forum

CSR Policies in Germany

CSR international

Overview: CSR international

The EU's CSR policy

CSR: the global dimension

Business & Human Rights

Overview: Business & Human Rights

NAP

Overview: NAP

About the NAP

Overview: About the NAP

Objectives

Development of the Action Plan

Four action areas of the NAP

Original version of the NAP

Monitoring

UN Guiding Principles

NAP International

Commitment of the Federal Government

Overview: Commitment of the Federal Government

The state's duty to protect

Activities of the Federal Government

Cooperation with stakeholders

Corporate due diligence

Overview: Corporate due diligence

Federal Government expectations

Five core elements of due diligence

Access to remedy and remediation

Supply Chain Act

Overview: Supply Chain Act

Background and development

Implementation by enterprises

FAQ

Europe

Overview: Europe

EU initiative for supply chain legislation

EU regulation on conflict minerals

EU Timber Regulation

G7-Presidency 2022

Implementation support

Overview: Implementation support

Information, advice, training and networks

Overview: Information, advice, training and networks

Information and advice

Networks and training

Guidance documents

Overview: Guidance documents

General guidance documents

Sector-specific guidance documents

Europe

EU initiative for supply chain legislation

The European Commission has presented an ambitious EU-wide legislative proposal on sustainable corporate governance on 23 February 2022. It can count on the support of the Council of the European Union: The 27 EU member states spoke out in favour of European supply chain legislation in December 2020 in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council presided over by Federal Minister of Labour Heil. This was the first time that all member states committed to EU-wide binding rules.

In January 2021, The Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament also came out in favour of a concrete legislative initiative in an own-initiative report. In March, the report was adopted by the European Parliament plenary session with 504 voting for and 79 against (there were 112 abstentions). According to the decision of the Parliament, in future companies should identify in their supply chain, then address and remedy them. This goes for what is done along the entire value chain, including both direct and indirect business relationships and investment chains. The provisions called for are not only about respect for human rights, but also the environment and responsible corporate governance. The scope of the legislation is defined as broadly as possible: all large companies bound by the laws of a member state or established in the European Union are specifically meant. In addition to listed companies, the rules will also apply to high-risk SMEs. Civil liability is an essential part of the Parliament's initiative to enforce due diligence. The proposals of the report are to be incorporated into the Commission’s planned legislation next.

BMAS / Dominik Butzmann

I very much welcome the European Parliament's initiative for ambitious EU supply chain rules. The EP's latest decision is completely in line with the “Council Conclusions on Human Rights and Decent Work in Global Supply Chains” adopted by all 27 EU member states in the Council of the European Union on 1 December 2020 during Germany’s presidency. It is good for Germany to lead the way with its own national rules. It is encouraging that on some points the EP's plans go even further than the recent national compromise. This is a boost for Commissioner Didier Reynders, who has my full support.

The agreement on German legislation adds significant momentum to the European initiatives. In addition, Germany’s presidency marked the beginning of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia’s trio presidency. Portugal and Slovenia have also committed themselves to the joint programme to bolster corporate responsibility at EU level. The EU now has the opportunity to be the community of states that takes the lead in ensuring that globalisation is fair.

At the virtual conference "Global Supply Chains - Global Responsibility," Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil discussed with high-ranking guests how human rights and good work can be better enforced in global supply chains. Find here the full results paper of the conference the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs hosted on 6 and 7 October 2020.

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