Study: Empowerment before retreat - an approach to support corporate due diligence?

The study was conducted on the occasion of the debate on human rights due diligence for companies. It explores the question of the extent to which legal entrenchment would lead to the withdrawal of companies from supply chains in developing and emerging countries ("cut and run").


According to the study, this withdrawal would have a negative impact on the economic and social development of these countries and contradict the development policy goals of the German government. Based on a closer look at practical examples and measures taken by other countries, recommendations are made for a strategic program to support the economic and human rights development of affected countries. A "cut and run"-effect often cannot be proven.



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The study was conducted by the consulting company Löning on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).