Schulze: The supply chain law must also cover environmental protection

Container, about dts
Container, about dts
Shortly before a crisis discussion on the planned supply chain law, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) is now demanding strict environmental requirements.

"A supply chain law that does not regulate the ecological and social standards along the supply chains would only solve some of the problems," Schulze told the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" (Thursday edition). Schulze complained that there is still too much environmental pollution across the entire production route.

Therefore, a supply chain law must "cover not only human rights, but also protection of the environment". Ultimately, this also benefits the companies themselves. Environmental issues have so far only played a minor role in the planning for the Supply Chain Act. Above all, the law is intended to oblige German companies to ensure that their suppliers comply with human rights and social standards. The extent to which they otherwise face sanctions and for which companies the requirements should apply is, however, controversial. On Thursday the three ministers involved - for economy, labor and development - meet in Berlin to clarify contentious issues.