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6 May 2022

G7 leaders' communiqué supports "international consensus on business and human rights", incl. mandatory measures, but NGOs criticise climate outcomes


On 1 January 2022, Germany took over the G7 Presidency with the motto “Progress towards an equitable world”. Amongst the different priorities identified for this year is a call for an internationally binding standard on corporate due diligence. This and other topics relating to sustainable value chains were discussed in a virtual conference featuring high-level representatives of the G7 countries, international organisations, trade unions and employers, civil society, and other experts.

Following the G7 Labour Ministers' meeting in May 2022, announced their support for internationally binding instrument on business and human rights.

On 28 June 2022, the G7 leaders communiqué at the end of the summit in Elmau voiced support for an "international consensus on business and human rights", including mandatory measures, as well as a just transition, although climate commitments were heavily criticised by NGOs.

Virtual Conference

As part of Germany’s G7 Presidency, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs hosted a digital conference on sustainable value chains on 6 May 2022. The aim was to give new impulses to the international debate on a binding standard in the field of business and human rights.