The EU sees itself as a union based on common values. It therefore is obliged to stand up for the rights of those people around the world who make the products on our supermarket shelves and in our online stores. To live up to this obligation, recent years have seen the adoption of various guidelines and progress with legislative initiatives concerning human rights due diligence in supply chains. Here you will find texts with an overview of current European-level developments in the field of business and human rights.
Overview of EU directives and initiatives
EU initiative for supply chain legislation
A globalised economy requires a European strategy in the form of an action plan to effectively protect human rights in the supply chains of EU companies. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs promoted the issue during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2020; a concrete legislative proposal from the EU Commission is to follow in 2022.
Armed groups in conflict zones finance their activities through the mining of important minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. In June 2016, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission agreed on key points for the regulation on conflict minerals which is to contribute to a resonsible raw material supply by EU importers of rare minerals.
EU Timber Regulation
Demand for timber is increasing steadily around the world. This leads to more illegal logging. The EU’s Timber Regulation came into force in 2013 with the aim of protecting forests worldwide and keeping them usable for future generations.