In 2016, the German Government adopted the first National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights. A stocktaking has now been done on the state of implementation. One key step has been the introduction of national legislation on corporate due diligence in supply chains.
In 2011, the United Nations adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. After ten years, it is now time to take stock. On 18 May, the Federal Foreign Office is hosting an international dialogue on the protection of human rights in the global economy.
Today the German Government adopted an act on corporate due diligence in supply chains. One of the reasons it has been put in place is the outcome of the business and human rights monitoring procedure, through which the FFO has examined respect for human rights in the business world.
The Federal Government and German industry have launched a number of initiatives to implement the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights. These initiatives form part of a global process to ensure human rights due diligence.
The functionality of social dialogue has a major impact on the economy. Within the framework of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, a new review has been drawn up which highlights the considerable differences among the EU member states which continue to exist.
Within the scope of a monitoring process carried out between 2018 and 2020, the Federal Government reviewed the extent to which companies based in Germany with more than 500 employees are meeting their due diligence obligations enshrined in the NAP.