• INA lunchbreak
  • Supply Chain Act
05. April 2024

In March 2024, EU Member States voted for the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), which aims to promote responsible business practices. From 2027, the CSDDD will require large companies to fulfil their due diligence obligations to avoid negative impacts on human rights and the environment along the supply chain.  

Companies based in Germany are already obliged to fulfil human rights due diligence obligations in accordance with the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG). Standardisation systems offer helpful tools for implementing these legal requirements, and premium payments can also make an important contribution. How do standard-setting organisations support companies in implementing their due diligence obligations and what are their limits? What additional measures are necessary and are already being implemented?  

A representative from Fairtrade Germany, who is a member of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa, will discuss these issues.  

Lara Hutt, Officer for Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence, and Martin Schüller, Development Policy Officer Climate & Environment at Fairtrade Germany will explain the instruments Fairtrade offers for implementing due diligence obligations in supply chains, the role of certifications and the associated premium payments. She will show where the limits of the influence of standard-setting organisations lie.  


The one-hour online meeting takes place on the first Friday of the month.

The date is Friday, 05.04.2024­­­­ from 12.00–1.00pm CET.

The event will be held in English.   




12.00pm       Opening and welcome

                       Benjamin Seidel, Division 122 / BMZ   


12.05pm       Opportunities and limits of certifications and premium payments for the

                       implementation of corporate due diligence obligations using the

                       example of Fairtrade  

                       Lara Hutt, Senior Officer for Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence,

                       Fairtrade Germany


12.15pm       Q&A                


12.20pm       Discussion
                      Lara Hutt & Martin Schüller, Development Policy Officer Climate&Environment,

                       Fairtrade Germany


12.55pm       Summary and outlook
                      Daniel May, INA Program Management 


Host: Annette Cerulli-Harms, ConPolicy   


The event is aimed at interested parties from the private sector, civil society and politics.