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Supply Chain Conference 2022

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The need to create sustainable supply chains is becoming an ever-more-frequent topic of political and social discourse. Global value creation needs to be more resilient to external disruptions and socially and ecologically sustainable. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine are weighing heavily on the global economy. Disrupted supply chains, supply bottlenecks, raw material shortages, and increased commodity prices are just some of the consequences that pose major challenges for companies and employees.

Due diligence laws for multinational companies – which some countries already have – have the potential to make global value creation more resilient. Starting in 2023, the German »Supply Chain Due Diligence Act« (LkSG) will oblige companies to preventively counteract human rights and environmental law violations along their supply chains.

A proposal of an EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) has been hotly debated since it was presented by the EU Commission in early 2022. The draft law is broader than the German LkSG in many respects but falls short of expectations with regard to the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business. From a trade union’s perspective, adjustments are a prerequisite for the bill’s final approval. Given its status as a leading economic power in the EU, Germany has been assigned a decisive role in shaping European law and the associated negotiations that will play out in the coming months.

Together with experts from politics, business, and civil society, we would like to discuss the following questions:

  • What requirements arise from the LkSG and the EU Commission proposal? What are the strengths and weaknesses of statutory regulation? Where is there room for improvement from a trade union perspective? How can these changes be introduced into the political process?
     
  • Are there examples of best practices for strengthening sustainable supply chains – at the national and international levels? What kind of obstacles are there, and how can they be overcome?
     
  • What role does geopolitics play? What approaches, strategies, and measures should policymakers, businesses, trade unions, and other stakeholders take to strengthen sustainability in global value chains?

Contact

Franziska Korn
030 269 35-7469
Raya Maana
+49 30 26935-7707
Melanie Glinicke

Speakers

Dr. Bärbel Kofler

Dr. Bärbel Kofler

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Hubertus Heil

Hubertus Heil

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Lara Wolters

Lara Wolters

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Michael Vassiliadis

Michael Vassiliadis

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Andrea Arcais

Andrea Arcais

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Dr. Steffen Schwartz-Höfler

Dr. Steffen Schwartz-Höfler

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Isabelle Schömann

Isabelle Schömann

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Michael Windfuhr

Michael Windfuhr

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Gerald Breyer

Gerald Breyer

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Albert Kruft

Albert Kruft

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Martin Knapp

Martin Knapp

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Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz

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Programme

09:00

WELCOME

  • Martin Schulz, Chair, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Andrea Arcais, Managing Director, Foundation for Labour and Environment at IGBCE
09:20

IMPULSE – THE CHALLENGE OF GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS: CORPORATE DUE DILIGENCE IN TIMES OF GEOPOLITICAL CRISIS

  • Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, BMAS
09:40

GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS UNDER PRESSURE: SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS NEED CO-DETERMINATION

  • Michael Vassiliadis, Chair, IGBCE
10:00

QUESTIONS FROM THE (VIRTUAL) AUDIENCE

10:30

BREAK

10:45

EUROPEAN SUPPLY CHAIN ACT: AMBITIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION

  • Lara Wolters, MEP, Vice Chair, Committee on Legal Affairs / rapporteur »Supply Chain Law«
  • Questions from the (virtual) audience
11:15

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN CORPORATE DUE DILIGENCE FROM PRACTICE: EXAMPLES FROM DAY-TO-DAY BUSINESS OPERATIONS

  • Gerald Breyer, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Evonik Industries
  • Albert Kruft, Consultant of the Central Works Council Germany / EU / Global, Solvay GmbH
12:00

BREAK

12:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: GLOBAL RESILIENCE THROUGH HUMAN RIGHTS: ARE DUE DILIGENCE LAWS A GAME CHANGER?

  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Isabelle Schömann, Board Member, European Trade Union Confederation
  • Martin Knapp, Head of Unit, Initiative International Sustainability, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce
  • Dr. Steffen Schwartz-Höfler, Head of Sustainability, Continental AG

Moderator: Michael Windfuhr, Deputy Director, German Institute for Human Rights

14:00

SUMMARY & CLOSING


Conference Moderators: Franziska Korn, Policy Advisor of Human Rights and Business, Global and European Politics, FES Berlin and Carola Dittmann, Head of CSR and participation, Foundation for Labour and Environment, IGBCE

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