Initiative Lieferkettengesetz welcomed the German Government's announcement but criticised that the proposal does not include additional civil liability. They are now calling on MPs who still need to vote on the proposal to ensure the due diligence requirements are UNGP-aligned.
A position paper on the key elements for a Due Diligence Act has recently been leaked in Germany. Relevant companies may face potential civil liability for damages for any human rights violations occurring where they have failed to take adequate steps. In this post, Mina Aryobsei and Marius Scherb look at the main aspects of this new draft law and the wider context in which it has been published.