Q&A-Session: What is the Supply Chain Act about?
The plans for a possible law on due diligence (also known as the "Supply Chain Act") are currently under broad discussion. In this webinar, the Global Compact Network Germany would like to give companies and other interested stakeholders the opportunity to inform themselves about the planned law.
Date: Friday, 27 November 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Please register via this link.
Exploitation of migrant workers, land theft, working conditions that are harmful to health, forced and child labour, discrimination, restriction of freedom of association: The list of potential labour and human rights violations in global value chains is long - and long known. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights hold both states and companies responsible here: states are called upon to create the necessary framework conditions to protect human rights from violations by companies within their sphere of influence by means of a so-called "smart mix" of binding and voluntary, national and international measures. Companies, in turn, should use appropriate due diligence processes to ensure effective management of human rights risks in the interests of those affected.
Particularly binding regulations are increasingly coming into focus as part of a Smart Mix. In countries such as France, Great Britain, Australia or the USA, laws already regulate the human rights due diligence of companies or partial aspects thereof. Since the monitoring of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights revealed some considerable gaps in the implementation of human rights due diligence, considerations for a Due Diligence Act (often called "Supply Chain Act") have become more concrete in Germany as well, as Helge Braun, the head of the Federal Chancellery, recently reported at the anniversary conference of the DGCN.
In this webinar, the Global Compact Network Germany would like to give companies and other interested stakeholders the opportunity to find out more about the proposed law. The organisers are pleased to welcome Anosha Wahidi, Head of the Sustainable Supply Chains Unit at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as guest speaker. Together with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWI), the BMZ has taken the lead in the development of key points, on the basis of which a concrete draft of the draft law will be prepared.
The webinar will be held in german. It is free of charge and freely accessible.