Business and Human Rights - Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU

On 1 July 2020, the Federal Republic of Germany took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. There are high hopes that the German EU Presidency will advance business and human rights at EU level as an integral part of a sustainable recovery post-COVID-19, particularly with regards to mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence for companies. In April 2020, Justice Commissioner Reynders' announced that the Commission will put forward a proposal for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence in 2021. Various federal ministries have already indicated support for Reynders' initiative.

This story will document and collect developments, statements and materials on 'Business & Human Rights' in the context of the German EU Council Presidency (for information in German see here).

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Autor/in: Federal Foreign Office

The guiding principlesof Germany’s Council Presidency are as follows:

- overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic permanently, as well as the economic recovery

- a stronger and more innovative Europe

- a fair Europe

- a sustainable Europe

- a Europe of security and common values

- a strong Europe in the world...

The pandemic is turning the spotlight on the vulnerabilities of global supply chains and the people working in them. A comprehensive risk management system for enterprises that is in line with the global agenda for sustainability can help to increase the resilience of supply chains. Greater support for partner countries in the area of development cooperation policy is also necessary. We are committed to an EU action plan to strengthen corporate social responsibility in global supply chains that promotes human rights, social and environmental standards and transparency, and which takes the experiences and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic into account. This supports the coherent implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights of the United Nations and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises...

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Autor/in: Council of the European Union

As the Federal Republic of Germany takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July – 31 December, it will work closely with the succeeding EU Council Presidencies of the Governments of Portugal and Slovenia in a cooperation referred to as a “Trio Programme.” ...

The following issues are some highlights from the upcoming 18-month programme of the Council...

Sustaining a fair and social Europe while promoting Europe’s interests and values around the world. Promoting social cohesion, the rule of law, equality, human rights and corporate social responsibility while also incorporating lessons learned during the pandemic.

Securing transparent and European-wide digital transformation that respects human rights...

Increasing efforts against illegal migration and human trafficking, while also addressing the root causes of migration and forced displacement...

Promoting open, ambitious, fair, sustainable and rules-based trade...

Building a climate-neutral and green Europe and achieving the 17 sustainable development goals and the objectives of the EU Green Deal...

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