According to a media report, German companies have not adequately monitored and made ethical principles in their supply chains transparent. This emerges from the result of a company survey on the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, which the Federal Government commissioned. The mirror reported .
In this survey, well under 50 percent of the companies were able to satisfactorily demonstrate that they could use a functioning surveillance system to document the circumstances under which the goods they import are manufactured. According to the report, this confirms the results of a first representative survey among German companies from last year.
The results of the survey are to be presented today by the Federal Ministry of Labor. In addition to Minister Hubertus Heil, Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) also wants to explain the consequences. They are expected to present a supply chain law that will force companies to comply with labor, environmental, and human rights abroad.
Employers' association: German companies behave in an exemplary manner
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is said to have called for the supply chain law to be pushed ahead in the light of the results , according to the Spiegel . The federal government would thus comply with an agreement in the coalition agreement. The Supply Chain Act initiative called for clear liability rules in the law. "The companies voluntarily do far too little," said the spokeswoman for the alliance, Johanna Kusch. Responsible companies would have nothing to fear from such a law anyway.
The employers' association BDA warned against a supply chain law, which makes German companies liable for compliance with human rights standards abroad. The German companies that he visited abroad behaved exemplary in their activities abroad and felt committed to human rights there too, said BDA chief executive Steffen Kampeter on Deutschlandfunk. It is problematic if companies have to pay for grievances that can be attributed to third parties and are not their own fault. Under no circumstances was this to be accepted.