Within the scope of a monitoring process being carried out between 2018 and 2020, the Federal Government is reviewing to what extent companies based in Germany are meeting their due diligence obligations enshrined in the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP).
On 7 July 2020, Minister of State Niels Annen will host a virtual conference to mark the start of an initiative to improve implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The goal is to further improve respect for human rights in supply chains.
The Vietnamese National Assembly has approved the free trade agreement with the EU. In so doing, it is sending an important signal of support for an open, rules-based trade system needed particularly for the economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a burden on economies worldwide. Only multilateral responses will mitigate its economic impact and set the course for a sustainable recovery.
To protect public health, many countries have put entry restrictions and quarantine measures in place. The German Government is working to ensure that supply chains, and especially international cargo flights, are not interrupted by this.