Important questions and answers on the new Supply Chain Act
Supply chain conference
As part of Germany’s G7 Presidency, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs hosted a digital conference on sustainable value chains on 6 May 2022. The aim has been to give new impulses to the international debate on a binding standard in the field of business and human rights.
The most important topics at a glance
Corporate social responsibility, or CSR for short, is about a company’s responsibility for its impact on society. This includes social, environmental and economic aspects. Find out more about CSR policies in Germany, Europe and global dimension.
Business & Human Rights
The responsibility of German companies along global supply and value chains: find out more about the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP), the German and European Supply Chain Act and implementation support for companies.
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 has followed in February 2022.
Supply chain act
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.
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