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24 May 2016

UN Special Rapporteur on toxics & human rights calls on German chemical firms & govt. to strengthen Natl. Action Plan

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Letter in follow-up to the official country visit of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes to Germany from 30 November to 7 December 2015. The letter contains a submission to the process of developing the German National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights currently being drafted under the auspices of the Federal Foreign Office. Concern is raised that on-going challenges exist in relation to chemicals management. German businesses are encouraged to emerge as leaders in the transition to safer chemicals and the Government is encouraged to enable this shift by creating incentives and frameworks for businesses to foster a positive human rights record. 

Attached are also the replies to the letter by BASF and the German Chemical Industry Federation.