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Germany publishes second voluntary national review on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; NGOs demand stronger sustainability strategy

In recognition of the annual high political forum on sustainable development (HLPF), the core United Nations platform for follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the German government presented its second voluntary national review (VNR).

The development ministry’s parliamentary state secretary, Maria Flachsbarth, highlighted the Agenda 2030 and its principles as a compass for a sustainable and climate-friendly recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. She emphasized the need for Germany and all countries globally to significantly increase the pace of their social and ecological transition in order to achieve the SDGs.

At the side event on the German VNR, German NGOs acknowledged the steps the German government has taken to facilitate socially and ecologically sustainable policies, especially concerning SDG 17, to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Still, NGOs called for a stricter German sustainability strategy and for more efforts by all political institutions to implement the SDGs. NGOs including UNICEF and VENRO demanded more internationally oriented politics that take into account the negative effects of Germany’s actions on low- and middle-income countries, and a stronger focus on the protection, support, and inclusion of children in the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

This next comprehensive update of the German sustainability strategy is planned for 2023-2024.

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

Press release – UNICEF (in German)

Press release – VENRO (in German)

Press release – Regionale Netzwerkstellen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie (in German)

Press release – Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklung (in German)

Germany announces US$306 million in funding to WHO, 30 million vaccine doses to be shared

During his visit to the World Health Organization's (WHO's) headquarters in Geneva on July 15, 2021, German health minister Jens Spahn committed to contributing €260 million (US$306 million) to the WHO. These funds are part of previously announced pledges worth €2.2 billion (US$2.6 billion) that Germany made to the Access to COVID-19 Tool Accelerator (ACT-A).

The €260 million (US$306 million) will contribute to the development, production, and distribution of COVID-19 test kits, treatments, and vaccines. Germany will also share 30 million vaccine doses with other countries, announced Spahn.

Spahn emphasized that only an international and cooperative approach will successfully end the pandemic. Still, he defended Germany’s rejection of vaccine patent waivers, proposed by India and South Africa to the World Trade Organization. Germany is one of the last key opponents to the waivers after the US and France announced their support for a patent waiver.

News article – Ärzteblatt (in German)

News article – Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)

German Development Minister Müller announced as next Director-General of UN Industrial Development Organization

German Development Minister Gerd Müller, who will not run for office again next legislature, was recommended by the board of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to be the next organization's Director-General, starting in 2022.

In a statement, Müller considered UNIDO as the leading UN agency to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement to address the climate crisis, and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for Equality, Development and Peace to increase gender equality. Müller shared that his goals include "fair globalization, sustainable industrial development, and the creation of jobs and future prospects" in low-income countries.

The recommendation of the UNIDO’s board needs to be approved at the General Conference at the end of November 2021 before he would take office in January 2022. Müller succeeds Li Yong, who has been Director-General since 2013.

Press release – UNIDO

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

Team Europe to support Senegal in building vaccine manufacturing facility for COVID-19 and other diseases

The European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a grant agreement with Senegalese President Macky Sall to provide support in building a manufacturing facility for vaccines, including for COVID-19, in Senegal.

This project is a part of the new ‘Team Europe’ (EC, EIB, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and EU member states) initiative, which aims to help African nations manufacture vaccines, medicines, and health technologies and reduce their dependence on imports for these products for health and pandemic response and help boost their economies.

Financing and technical assistance will be provided by the EC, the EIB, Germany, France, and Belgium, as well as other non-European partners such as the US and the World Bank Group. 

Press release - European Commission

Press release - European Investment Bank

German government prompted in open letter to help Namibia combat rapid spread of COVID-19

Against the backdrop of the worsening COVID-19 situation in Namibia, around 250 German organizations and individuals, among them, researchers, politicians, and experts on the African continent, wrote an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Development Minister Gerd Müller, and German Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas. The signatories called on the German government to provide Namibia with medical supplies, vaccines, and if needed, medical staff. Müller stated that Germany is in close contact with the Namibian authorities to coordinate rapid help.

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Namibia and the mortality rate of 15 death per one million inhabitants is five times higher than, for instance, in South Africa. The open letter’s signatories emphasized Germany’s political responsibility to provide support to Namibia, due in part to Germany's colonial occupation of Namibia (1884 to 1915), which included the genocide of Herero and Nama people, for which Germany recently officially recognized responsibility. The letter appealed to German leaders to turn this responsibility into “unbureaucratic action”.

In a statement, Müller said multiple deliveries of support goods for Namibia worth more than €11 million (US$13 million) are currently being prepared. The deliveries comprise ventilators, hospital beds, test kits, protective equipment, and masks. According to Müller, the German government is also planning to share vaccine doses with Namibia.

News article – Deutsche Welle (in German)

Press release – Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland (in German)

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

German ministries initiate international alliance against health risks in wildlife trade to prevent zoonotic diseases and pandemics

On World Zoonoses Day on July 6, 2021, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), in cooperation with international partners and NGOs, launched a new international alliance against health risks in the wildlife trade to help prevent zoonoses (diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans).

Around 50 organizations from different sectors such as human and animal health, agriculture, and nature conservation cooperate currently under the initiative. Amongst them are governments, UN organizations, scientific institutes, and NGOs, including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller pointed to the importance of the fight against illegal wildlife trade to prevent the transmission of zoonotic viruses and fight zoonotic diseases with pandemic potential. He also emphasized Germany’s funding efforts in the fight against illegal wildlife trade and the protection of biodiversity. According to Müller, these topics are priorities for the German development cooperation, addressed under the ministry’s 'One Health' initiative area, which takes into account the shared health of people, animals, and the environment.

Press release – BMZ (in German)

Press release – BMU (in German)

Germany's Merkel open for cooperation with China on development projects in African continent

After a virtual conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron on July 6, 2021, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she sees a willingness of China to cooperate in tri- or multilateral projects on the development of the African continent.

Merkel emphasized the need to address differences in respective standards and approaches in development cooperation in order to work together with African countries in a coordinated and effective way. According to Merkel, Xi proposed a common platform with Germany, France, and other countries on the development of the African continent for this purpose.

Merkel also pointed to the initiative Compact with Africa as a good starting point for China to become engaged with other G20 countries. The initiative was started under the German G20 presidency in 2017 and aims to improve conditions for trade with and investments in African countries.

News article – Handelsblatt (in German)

UK and Germany announce joint declaration to work together to promote global security, democracy, health, education, gender equality, and fight climate emergency

The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab, and the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, announced a joint declaration setting out a series of global issues where the two countries will work together.

The declaration identified rules-based international order, security, and defense as key areas for close cooperation. The document also included other development issues as important to work together on, including global health and education, gender equality, the climate crisis, and conflict prevention and stabilization.

On global health, the declaration states that the UK and Germany will work together to strengthen multilateral approaches in response to and to prevent future global health crises, with a focus on the World Health Organization. The two countries will also work to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. The countries are committed to adopting a 'One Health' approach, which takes into account human, animal, and environmental health and recognizes the need for more resilient health systems.  

On conflict prevention and stabilization and peace-building, the UK and Germany announced the establishment of a new 'UK-Germany Stabilisation Partnership', and the declaration shows shared regions/countries of interest to carry out stabilization efforts, including within Africa such as in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.

The two countries noted a shared sense of urgency in addressing the climate emergency, environmental degradation, and biodiversity loss and agreed ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), to be held in November 2021, to align their ask of other countries to increase their impact and, where appropriate, undertake joint advocacy.  

The declaration also notes that there will be an annual German-UK Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue that will cover all matters of foreign policy and international affairs and lead cooperation and coordination.

Press release - UK government

Generation Equality Forum concludes with major financial and political commitments for gender equality

The Generation Equality Forum (GEF), the UN Women-convened summit to accelerate gender equality investment, kicked off in Mexico City on March 29-31, 2021, and culminated in Paris on June 30-July 2. The Forum brought together high-level stakeholders including heads of government, corporations, and NGOs to accelerate major financial and political commitments to achieving gender equality by 2026. 

Country donors announced the following commitments:

  • Canada committed CA$180 million (US$146 million) to address the root causes of gender inequality around the world, including unpaid and paid care work in low- and middle-income countries. Canada also announced that it will commit CA$100 million (US$81 million) in new funding for stand-alone international assistance directed to inequality in unpaid and paid care work;
  • The EU committed at least €4.0 billion (US$4.9 billion) in the EU’s 2021-2027 long-term budget to be specifically dedicated to women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment. The EU also pledged to propose new legislation by the end of 2021 to combat violence against women and hate crimes against LGBTQI+ people, as well as adding all forms of hate crimes to the list of crimes in the EU treaties;
  • France committed an additional €100 million (US$122 million) in this sector for the next five years. It also announced that €250 million (US$304 million) will be mobilized by the French Development Agency (AFD) through the bilateral channel for sexual reproductive and health rights (SRHR);
  • Germany increased its commitment to women's economic empowerment initiatives by €140 million (US$166 million), bringing Germany's total commitment to the GEF to US$285 million (€240 million). US$30 million (€25 million) of that will go to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative;
  • The Netherlands pledged US$620 million to feminist organizations and movements, including supporting the Action Coalition on economic justice, the Action Coalition on bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the Action Coalition on climate justice;
  • Sweden pledged to support the implementation of the Common Agenda for Comprehensive Abortion Care and increase resources and support for existing funding mechanisms through the Action Coalition on feminist movements and leadership;
  • The UK recommitted to providing £68 million (US$91 million) to support its seven-year-long Violence Against Women and Girls Prevention program; and
  • The US pledged US$175 million to support programs against gender-based violence and to mobilize US$12.0 billion through 2025 in investments by the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in businesses that advance gender equity in emerging markets through the 2X Women's Initiative.

Newsletter - Donor Tracker

News article - Forbes

News article - UN News

At Generation Equality Forum, Sweden commits to championing comprehensive abortion care, Global Alliance for Sustainable Feminist Movements

At the Paris-held Generation Equality Forum (GEF), the UN Women-convened summit to accelerate gender equality investment, in addition to previously committing US$206 million for ending gender-based violence (US$44 million), financing women's rights organizations (US$60 million), and supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)—including comprehensive abortion care (US$102 million)—Sweden pledged to support the implementation of the Common Agenda for Comprehensive Abortion Care, established in April 2021 with the following priorities:

  • Intersectional and inclusive movements from the local to the international;
  • Responsive funding;
  • Person-centered quality abortion care;
  • More and greater coordination across and beyond the movement, supporting risk, creativity, advocacy, and accountability;
  • Action addressing the opposition to abortion and SRHR; and
  • Improved access to comprehensive abortion care in humanitarian settings.

Sweden, along with the other new signatories, also committed to creating platforms for continued dialogue and collaboration, including at least one more Global Safe Abortion Dialogue in the coming five years, and platforms to increase resources and support existing funding mechanisms, programs, and funds that provide direct, flexible, progressive, and sustainable funding to feminist organizations, movements, and activists, including those that are often hard to reach and/or who have been historically marginalized.

This increase of resources will be done through a collective funding commitment for the Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will participate in the Global Alliance for Sustainable Feminist Movements and continue to contribute to joint learning and advocacy for improved methods to support feminist movements and youth-led organizations with flexible funding. 

Sweden, as an organizer of the Stockholm Gender Equality Forum in 2018 and a supporting entity of the Tunis Forum 2019, has been actively engaged in the work leading up to the GEF. Sida has provided funding to UN Women for their work relating to Beijing +25 and GEF to ensure an inclusive process with participation from civil society at the center. In addition to being one of the co-leads for the Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights together with, among others, Spain, South Africa, Mexico, Germany, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and PayPal, Sweden is also an Action Coalition Commitment Maker for the Action Coalitions on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender-Based Violence, and Feminist Movements and Leadership, as well as the Compact on Women, Peace, and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA Compact).

Work in the Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights has revolved around four sub-areas: home and care work, a level playing field, access to resources such as land, ownership and financial services, and the macroeconomic perspective and gender budgeting.

Sweden's priorities have included "economic and social reforms such as individual taxation, childcare, care for the elderly, the labor market, and various welfare reforms," said Ulrika Grandin, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "We have also put extra pressure on the feminist trade policy, which we think is well reflected in the action plan."

Sweden has a long-standing status as a global leader for gender equality. In 2014, Sweden became the first country in the world to adopt a feminist foreign policy, allowing it to use all its foreign policy tools (including development cooperation) to address gender equality globally.

News article – Omvärlden (in Swedish)

At Generation Equality Forum, Germany pledges US$166 million to women’s economic empowerment

At the Paris-held Generation Equality Forum (GEF), the UN Women-convened summit to accelerate gender equality investment, Germany increased its pledges to women's economic empowerment initiatives by €140 million (US$166 million). In total, Germany has pledged €240 million (US$285 million) to this area over the course of the GEF.

Germany was a leader of the Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights together with Mexico, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden, as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the UN Capital Development Fund, the Gates Foundation, and PayPal. Germany also joined the Global Alliance for Care, which was created by Mexico's National Institute for Women and UN Women and will address the burden of care that hinders women’s economic participation and opportunities. 

€25 million (US$30 million) of the German contributions at GEF will go to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, which supports female entrepreneurs in building up their businesses through projects in more than 60 countries and was launched under the German G20 presidency in 2017.

Germany has been consistently scaling up its efforts in gender equality and the topic has become a cross-cutting principle for Germany’s development cooperation. Recently, Germany contributed €100 million (US$117 million) to the Global Partnership for Education for the financing mechanism, Girl’s Education Accelerator, which aims to help girls in low-income countries return to school after pandemic-related school closures.

Press release – Women Entrepreneurs Financing Initiative

Press release – Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (in German)

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

German development minister calls on G20 to increase efforts against hunger crisis

On the second day of the meeting of G20 foreign and development ministers in Italy on June 30, 2021, discussions focused on the topic of humanitarian assistance. German development minister Gerd Müller drew attention to the funding gap that the World Food Programme (WFP) faces in carrying out its work against global hunger.

Emphasizing Germany as the second-largest donor for WFP, Müller urged other G20 countries to contribute to closing this gap.

Müller warned that the number of undernourished people has been rising again in the last few years, exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, the climate emergency, and several conflicts. The G20’s joint efforts are more than ever essential to eradicate hunger in the world by 2030, he said.

Press release – Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

News article – Evangelisch.de (in German)

German development ministry contributes US$119 million to sustainable energy transformation in African countries

During the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) annual meeting, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development announced that as part of its international climate financing, it would provide US$119 million (€100 million) for AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa. The Fund aims to promote private investments in renewable energy sources in African countries and thereby support access to sustainable and modern energy services.

Germany is the biggest European shareholder of AfDB and is thus considered an important partner for facilitating the sustainable development of the African continent. The Parliamentary State Secretary Maria Flachsbarth emphasized AfDB’s key role in financing the African energy transformation, in the fight against the climate crisis, and in the creation of new jobs in the renewable energy sector. 

Press release – German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

With G7 nations, Japan sets goal to raise US$15 billion deliver financial services to women

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) set a goal to raise US$15.0 billion to deliver finical services to women as part of the 'G7 2X Challenge: Financing for Women' (2X Challenge).

The 2X Challenge was founded by development finance institutions of the G7 nations for women’s economic empowerment. The COVID-19 crisis has worsened the situation for women in emerging economies, and research shows that US$1.00 trillion could be lost from global growth if female workers hit hard by the pandemic do not return to the workforce. Therefore, with G7 nations, Japan and development finance institutions announced the goal of raising an additional US$15.0 billion by the end of 2022.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Germany supports COVID-19 vaccine production in Senegal with start-up financing worth US$24 million

German development minister Gerd Müller visited the Institute Pasteur de Dakar, a vaccine production site certified by the World Health Organization that developed a concept for the establishment of COVID-19 vaccine production capacities on site. Müller promised the Institute a German start-up financing worth €20 million (US$24 million), which shall be provided by April 2022 at the latest.

Müller called the planned build-up of production capacities the “jumpstart in the fight against the pandemic in Africa”. COVID-19 vaccines are supposed to be filled from April 2022 on and a production line to be built at the same time. Vaccines will be produced under license.

Müller visited the Institute in Senegal's capital city of Dakar at the end of his trip to West Africa, which included also visiting Togo, Gambia, and Sierra Leone.

Press release - Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

News article - Handelsblatt (in German)

Reform partnership between Germany and Togo ratified to contribute to economic recovery

After the signing of a declaration of intent to conclude a reform partnership by German Development Minister Gerd Müller and Togolese Foreign Minister Robert Dussey on March 18, 2021, Müller visited Togo on June 14 and ratified the partnership between the two countries together with Dussey and Togolese President Fauré Gnassingbé.

Germany seeks to support Togo with the sustainable development of its industry, expansion of its vocational education system, good governance, investments in renewable energy sources, and strengthening of its health care system. Prerequisites for the reform partnership are Togo’s compliance with democratic principles and human rights, contributions of the Togolese government to the financing of the educational system, political and administrative reforms, and the implementation of an anti-corruption strategy.

Müller praised Togo as a “lighthouse” in the West African region due to its economic reforms and sustainable budgetary policy which improved the economic conditions in Togo. Especially with more than 60% of all jobs in Togo threatened by the COVID-19 crisis, the reform partnership aims to contribute to economic uplift, secure jobs, and good trade relations, which are needed for an economic recovery, said Müller.

Apart from Togo, Germany has concluded further reform partnerships with Tunisia, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Senegal since 2017.

Press release - Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

With G7 in mind, UK announces US$577 million to global education, US$161 million for climate emergencies, launches new Centre for Pandemic Preparedness

The UK government made a flurry of development assistance funding and policy announcements last week, taking advantage of the fact that it was hosting the G7 Leaders’ Summit.

On education, the government announced that it will provide £430 million (US$577 million) to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) over the next five years. The UK government has also confirmed that this funding will come on top of the FCDO’s (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) £400 million (US$537 million) committed bilaterally for girls’ education between 2021-2022. The British and Kenyan governments will co-host the Global Education Summit in July 2021 and the GPE is hoping to raise £3.7 billion (US$5.0 billion) over the next five years to fund its work on ensuring access to education in 90 countries.

On climate, the UK government has committed to ensuring all its bilateral development assistance does no harm to nature in response to the Dasgupta Review recommendations, to deliver a "nature positive future". The Dasgupta Review on 'The Economics of Biodiversity', which was published in early 2021, acknowledges nature and biodiversity underpin and sustain economic growth and well-being. The UK also announced £120 million (US$161 million) in new funding to enable more rapid responses to vulnerable people in the face of extreme weather and climate-linked disasters, via pre-arranged financing schemes. The package of support was announced in coordination with Germany and the US.

On global health, the UK also announced the launch of a new Centre for Pandemic Preparedness (CPP) as part of its drive for global health security leadership. The CPP will provide genomic surveillance of human and animal infections in collaboration with other partners, that can be shared globally. The UK and US also announced a new global health partnership between the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the US National Center for Epidemic Forecasting and Outbreak Analysis, run by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

News article - Devex

Press release - UK government (Climate Emergency Funding)

Press release - UK government (Nature Positive ODA)

Press release - UK government (Partnership)

At G7 Summit, Canada announces new support to low-income countries for COVID-19 vaccines, climate finance, and education

At the 47th G7 Summit from June 11-13, 2021, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new financial and resource support to address inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, respond to the climate emergency, and support education in low-income countries.  

The resource and financial pledges included:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Sharing: Canada pledged 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be shared as part of the G7 leaders’ new collective commitment to sharing more than two billion doses to the global vaccine effort. Canada is also donating 13 million doses of the vaccine through COVAX, the global vaccine initiative. The vaccine sharing is in addition to Canada’s previous contributions of CA$2.5 billion (US$2.0 billion) in international assistance to the COVID-19 crisis and CA$1.3 billion (US$1.0 billion) contribution to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A). 
  • International Climate Finance: Canada pledged a doubling of Canada’s previous international climate finance to CA$5.3 billion (US$4.2 billion) over five years—up from CA$2.7 billion (US$2.1 billion) over five years in 2015—which includes increased support for adaptation and biodiversity to support low-income countries in cutting pollution and building climate resilience. Canada also increased its grant contribution of climate financing from 30% to 40%. These new commitments are a result of the G7 leaders’ collective commitment to increase their 2030 targets to cut the G7’s collective emissions by around half compared to 2010.
  • Support for Global Partnership for Education: Canada pledged CA$300 million (US$240 million) over five years to the Global Partnership for Education. This funding will specifically support girls’ education and help strengthen education systems in low-income countries. 

Press release - Prime Minister of Canada

Press release - Prime Minister of Canada

G7 leaders agree to provide one billion vaccine doses to low-income countries; critics say this is far from enough

The leaders attending the UK-hosted G7 Summit on June 11-13, 2021, agreed to provide one billion vaccine doses to low-income countries, with the UK committing to provide 100 million.

The communique commits to sharing at least 870 million doses directly over the next year, but it is not clear whether this is related to surplus doses only.

While the move is welcome, it has been widely criticized by civil society groups and UK opposition parties as falling far short of the mark, as the World Health Organization has estimated that 11 billion doses are needed to end the pandemic. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, from the UK Labour Party, stated that the Summit was an "unforgivable moral failure". 

News article - Devex

New German supply chain law obligates companies to meet human rights standards; critics see room for tightening

After months of negotiation, the German parliament adopted a new law on human rights in supply chains on June 11, 2021. It requires companies to identify, address, and report on any human rights or environmental abuses in their direct supply chain. Companies violating the law face penalties, which can account for as much as 2% of companies' annual revenue.

Legal liabilities in court are not included in the new law. From 2023 on, it will apply to companies with more than 3,000 employees, and from 2024 on to companies with more than 1,000 employees.

Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch criticized the law for being too weak and having “loopholes”. For instance, companies are not obligated to conduct human rights due diligence on their indirect suppliers.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller welcomed the passage of the law and indicated that he sees it as a step in the right direction for more global justice. On the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12, 2021, Müller pointed to the rising numbers of children working and emphasized the relevance of the new law for the fight against child labor.

News article – Deutsche Welle

Press release – Human Rights Watch

News article – Rheinische Post (in German)