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Business & Human Rights

About the NAP

With the National Action Plan, the German Federal Government aims to improve the human rights situation along global supply and value chains. Find out more about the goals, next steps, the development of the NAP as well as the topic of human rights and business enterprises.

Commitment of the Federal Government

As part of the state duty to protect, the Federal Government is committed to the protection of human rights. It offers companies support in fulfilling their responsibilities.

Corporate due diligence

In the NAP, the Federal Government enshrines the responsibility of enterprises to protect human rights. More information on the implementation of corporate due diligence can be found here.

Access to remedy and remediation

In the event that an enterprise abuses human rights, the state is under obligation to ensure accessible remedy and effective remediation when such abuses occur within their territory and/or jurisdiction. States must also ensure that victims of human rights abuse have access to grievance mechanisms and remediation.

National Action Plan

What are the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Which are the objectives oft he National Action Plan? And how does it contribute to the state duty and corporate responsibility to protect human rights?

Supply Chain Act in Germany

The Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (Gesetz über die unternehmerischen Sorgfaltspflichten in Lieferketten) was published in the Federal Law Gazette on 22 July 2021 after completion of the parliamentary procedure. This is the first time the responsibility of German enterprises to respect human rights in global supply chains has been put on a legal footing.


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 the end of 2021.