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Overview: Business & Human Rights

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Four action areas of the NAP

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Commitment of the Federal Government

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The state's duty to protect

Activities of the Federal Government

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Corporate due diligence

Overview: Corporate due diligence

Federal Government expectations

Five core elements of due diligence

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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

NAP

Objectives

The Federal Government approved the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights on 21 December 2016. In this plan, the Federal Government for the first time anchors the responsibility German enterprises have for observing human rights in a clear framework. In it , the Federal Government formulates the clear expectation that businesses fulfil their obligation to exercise due diligence with regard to human rights and respect human rights in their supply and value chains. The objective is clearly defined: the Federal Government wants, through its National Action Plan, to help improve the human rights situation worldwide and give globalisation a social dimension in keeping with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. By establishing a reliable framework for German enterprises, it is working towards a level global playing field.

Na­tion­al Ac­tion Plan

Using the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles, the National Action Plan outlines the Federal Government's obligations under international law to protect human rights and describes the obligation enterprises have to practise human rights due diligence by reason of their corporate responsibility.

The Federal Government closely geared its definition of due diligence to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights which were developed in the course of a six-year research and consultation process headed by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Prof. John Ruggie. The Human Rights Council of the United Nations unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles in 2011. The National Action Plan was developed to advance their implementation in Germany.

Using the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles, the National Action Plan outlines the Federal Government's obligations under international law to protect human rights and describes the obligation enterprises have to practise human rights due diligence by reason of their corporate responsibility.

By pointing out the human rights responsibilities of the state and businesses and by formulating core elements of human rights due diligence, the National Action Plan provides guidance and impetus for implementing the UN Guiding Principles in business activities. The Federal Government expects all enterprises to establish the process of corporate due diligence as described in Chapter III of the National Action Plan, in a manner commensurate with their size, the sector in which they operate, and their position in supply and value chains. This applies especially when they operate in countries where the rule of law is inadequately enforced or not enforced at all. It does not affect a state's fundamental duty to guarantee the protection of human rights within its territory.

"The responsibility of business enterprises to respect human rights applies to all enterprises regardless of their size, sector, operational context, ownership and structure. Nevertheless, the scale and complexity of the means through which enterprises meet that responsibility may vary according to these factors and with the severity of the enterprise’s adverse human rights impacts."

Enterprises are called upon to review their business operations and business relations, step by step, with regard to potential human rights risks and to take appropriate measures. Since 2018, the Federal Government has been assessing the level of implementation on the basis of random checks. Its aim is to have at least half of all enterprises based in Germany with more than 500 employees integrate the elements of human rights due diligence described in the National Action Plan into their business processes by the year 2020.

Here you will find more information about the monitoring process.

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