In the National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights, the German federal government requests organizations to integrate human rights due diligence into their business processes. The action plan affects approx. 7.100 German companies. At the moment, a monitoring is conducted to determine the status quo. In this article, we will explain what this monitoring is all about and why it is so important.
By order of the Federal Foreign Office, the accountancy firm EY is currently monitoring the status of human rights due diligence in German large-scale enterprises. The goal of the monitoring is to determine if at least 50 percent of German-based organisations with more than 500 employees will have integrated the core elements of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in their business processes until 2020.
If this is not the case, the Federal Government will have to consider further steps including legal actions, making human rights due diligence a legal requirement. A summary of what such legislation could look like is available here.
The so-called NAP-Monitoring is divided into three collection stages, the second of which will begin shortly. A random sample of 1800 companies will receive a questionnaire in the coming weeks. In the second as well as in the third round of consultation quantitative data will be collected. The findings build on the results of a qualitative analysis that was already conducted. The interim report is available here.
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