Faires und nachhaltiges Wirtschaften ist ein wesentlicher Baustein für eine zukunftsfähige globale Entwicklung. Wir setzen uns dafür ein, dass die Politik einen wirksamen Rahmen schafft, damit Unternehmen menschenrechtliche, soziale und ökologische Standards weltweit einhalten und Betroffene ihre Rechte einfordern können. 

Unternehmensverantwortung – was heißt das?
Welche weltweiten Auswirkungen kann die Tätigkeit von Unternehmen auf Menschenrechte oder Umwelt haben? Wofür sind Unternehmen in der globalisierten Wirtschaft verantwortlich? Welche Lösungsansätze und Forderungen an die Politik werden diskutiert?

Germanwatch stellt umfangreiche Hintergründe zu dem Thema mit vielen Informationen, Filmen und Tipps zum Weiterlesen vor: 
>> Auf den Spuren der globalisierten Wirtschaft (ext. Link zur multimedialen PREZI-Präsentation)


Cover: Governance of Mineral Supply Chains of electronic Devices

Governance of Mineral Supply Chains of Electronic Devices

Discussion of Mandatory and Voluntary Approaches in Regard to Coverage, Transparency and Credibility

This paper analyses the current governance framework concerning mineral supply chains of electronic devices. This is about ten years after leading IT companies began in 2007 to fund research to investigate the impact of mineral sourcing for IT devices, which established a connection between their products and human rights abuses. >> mehr
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"Regulate smartphones through Ecodesign"

Open Letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

Coolproducts, a coalition of environmental NGOs, with the support of over 30 stakeholders across Europe and beyond (including Germanwatch), urge Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, to regulate smartphones by 2021 with requirements that will make smartphones more energy efficient and more durable, repairable and recyclable. >> mehr
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Report 2017: The Global Energy Sector and Human Rights (executive summary)

Putting German Business and Policy to the Test

This executive summary of the report by Germanwatch and MISEREOR is all about energy – a sector that is inextricably linked to globalisation and is associated time and time again with human rights violations. The study explores the question of whether and to what extent German business and the German Government have implemented the demands of the UN Guiding Principles to date. >> mehr
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No courage to commit

Comments of German non-governmental organisations on the German government’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

As development and human rights organisations we participated intensively in the German government’s consultation process for developing the National Action Plan (NAP) for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: in the government’s steering committee, in the altogether twelve thematic hearings and in the three plenary conferences. In this context, we expected the government to move away from the failed model of purely voluntary self-commitment and legally require German companies to discharge their human rights responsibilities in their activities and business relationships abroad. >> mehr
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23. November 2016

EU: Conflict Minerals agreement reached as exemptions added

Press Release Amnesty International, Germanwatch, Global Witness and other Civil Society Organisations

The European Union has taken a positive, but half-hearted, step towards cleaning up Europe’s trade in minerals. EU legislators concluded their negotiations on a new law on so-called ‘conflict minerals’—a Regulation which is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance conflict or human rights violations. Certain EU companies will, for the first time, be legally required to take responsibility for their mineral supply chains and to take steps to prevent their trade being linked to conflict or human rights abuses. However, a string of concessions and last-minute loopholes could undermine the Regulation’s impact, as they exempt a large number of companies from the law. >> mehr
14. June 2016

Conflictminerals: Open letter to the Dutch Presidency of the Council & the Member States of the EU

Together with 126 civil society organzations we are calling on the Council to listen not only to the European Parliament, but also to the many activists, investors, civil society, and citizens that have called for a strong and effective EU law. At a minimum, this means a regulation that covers companies that import into the EU minerals in their raw form as well as companies that import products containing these minerals. >> mehr
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3. May 2016

Supply chain responsibility has to become a topic on the next G7 summit!

Public letter by Germanwatch and 58 other civil society organisations to the countries of the Group of Seven

The 2015 G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau was ground-breaking in that G7 leaders for the first time discussed such supply chain responsibility. They pledged to promote “responsible supply chains”, and strongly supported the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The G7 leaders also stressed the need to increase transparency, the identification and prevention of human rights risks, and the strengthening of grievance mechanisms to promote better working conditions, and urged the private sector to implement human rights due diligence. These commitments were made under the leadership of Japan and Germany, as current and preceding G7 chair. >> mehr
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EU Responsible Mineral Sourcing Regulation

Civil Society Response to the Council Mandate Agreed by Coreper on 17 December 2015

The devastating impacts of the trade in minerals linked to conflict and human rights abuses are well documented. The problem has not gone away. >> mehr
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17. March 2015

Fair IT: Germanwatch promotes challenge to electronic industry to protect workers properly

GoodElectronics Network and International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) demand less use of chemicals and more rights in production

Working in IT-production can entail lethal consequences: workers are often exposed to hazardous chemicals and suffer from a higher cancer risk. Therefore, Germanwatch supports a challenge presented to the electronic industry to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals and to guarantee a better protection of workers and environment. >> mehr
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Global Business and Human Rights

Putting Germany to the Test

Over the last few years NGOs have criticized numerous human rights violations in which German corporations were directly or indirectly involved. Blatant violations of human rights are occurring for instance in agriculture, in manufacturing and in the extractive industries. Germanwatch and MISEREOR have documented these cases in a report. >> mehr


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