by Moritz Marpe
In less than three months now, the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (the Lieferkettengesetz, LkSG in short) will enter into force, on 1 January 2023. That’s why more and more companies are asking themselves what requirements they’ll need to meet under the new Act.
Creating the position of a human rights officer proves a valuable first step towards implementing effective supply chain due diligence. While it’s common for governmental agencies and NGOs to have human rights officers in place, corporations are often uncertain about what this role entails and how such a person could support the company’s human rights due diligence.
Under the new Act, companies are required to “identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts”, as stipulated by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Human rights officers can play a vital role in overseeing meaningful due diligence activities and can help the executive management to effectively monitor the business’s impact on human rights and the environment.