Duty-bound to protect
21/06/19 - Dr Bärbel Kofler, Member of German Parliament & Federal Human Rights Commissioner
Human rights are not negotiable. German and European companies must protect them throughout the world
This blog is part of a series 'Towards Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence'.
Fire disasters in textile factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan, environmental destruction through coal mining in Colombia, devastating breaches of a dam from a flood control basin in Brazil or the massacre of coalminers in South Africa: it’s also because of such calamities that the debate about fair consumption has gained momentum in recent years. States, companies, civil society and consumers in the Global North also bear responsibility for the purchase and use of commodities and goods. At the same time, global supply chains and production processes are today more comprehensive and more complex than ever before. For many people they are simply not transparent.