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Germany: Ministers planning law on supply chain responsibility
10th December 2019
Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil together with Development Minister Gerd Müller are planning to initiate a law on compliance with social and environmental standards in companies’ global supply chains. A National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights adopted by the Federal …. [more]


Germany: SPD expected to seek big rise in minimum wage
5th December 2019
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners the centre-left SPD are expected to seek a significant rise in the national minimum wage, as the price for keeping the coalition going. Last week SPD members elected two new joint party leaders, Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, from the …. [more]


Gathering momentum for EU human rights due diligence law
4th December 2019
The Finnish Presidency of the EU organised a conference in Brussels this week seeking to take forward action on Business and Human Rights, as it promised to do. John Ruggie, author of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (UNGPs) was the star turn. The Finns have produced …. [more]


New EU Commission gears up for action
2nd December 2019
The new College of Commissioners headed by Ursula von der Leyen is now in place and gearing up for action. VDL has drawn up a memo addressed to her fellow Commissioners explaining how she expects them to operate. Aside from providing a detailed (45 page) insight into the mysteries of …. [more]


Germany: CDU rejects SPD push for women’s quota on executive boards
28 November 2019
Angel Merkel’s CDU party has rejected an initiative by its coalition partners, the Social Democratic party, for a women’s quota on company boards. The economic policy spokesman for the CDU, Joachim Pfeiffer, told Süddeutsche Zeitung that it had to be: “Yes to more women in German boards …. [more]