Business & Human Rights

Safety and health at work, living wages, the right to freedom of association or the prohibition of child and forced labor, the protection of indigenous peoples' rights and the protection of the environment are just a few examples for human rights´standards.

Through the introduction of NAP, core elements of human rights due diligence will be incorporated into the business processes of German companies all over the world.

What is the NAP?

NAP stands for “National Action Plan for the Economy and Human Rights of the Federal Government of Germany” and anchors responsibilities of German companies for the protection of human rights within a fixed framework laid down by  globally uniform and verifiable standards .

On 21 December 2016, the Federal Cabinet adopted the NAP. It describes, on one hand, a broad catalogue of measures by the Federal Government in order to meet the duty of the state to better protect human rights, especially in an economic context. On the other hand, the Federal Government, for the first time, anchors, in the action plan, the responsibility of German companies to conduct human rights due diligence and respect human rights along their supply and value chains.

By adopting the NAP, the Federal  Government  aims to make a contribution towards improving the global human rights situation and give globalization a social dimension in accordance with  the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By establishing  reliable framework conditions and parameters for German companies, the Federal Government hopes to achieve a level global playing field.

In its National Action Plan, the Federal Government uses the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights of the United Nations, which were unanimously adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2011. The Federal Government will actively promote and continuously support and assist German companies to establish corporate due diligence as described in the NAP.

More information on NAP.

How will German Missions in India assist German companies in implementing the NAP?

The German Missions in India are looking to set up network structures to provide advisory, information and orientation services to German companies in India to fulfil human rights due diligence requirements.  The ‘network’ will include organizations and institutions like the German diplomatic representations in India, the Chamber of Commerce, GTAI, GIZ and KfW,  that have a direct connection to German bodies involved in the implementation of the NAP. The ‘network’ will occasionally invite local non-governmental specialists to provide relevant information and be the driving force at network meetings.

What will the NAP-network offer locally?

  • Advice and information on the NAP Human rights situation and legislation in the host country
  • On-site information and training services on the NAP and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (VNLP)
  • Explanations on support offers
  • Events on NAP / VNLP topics or on business and human rights abroad
  • Dialogue platforms between companies (“peer learning”)
  • Contact, for example, to NGOs, associations, trade unions, authorities

You can already find some information offers here.

Further Information on the NAP, its development, implementation and monitoring can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office:

and with the central information desk of the federal government on the https://www.csr-in-deutschland.de/DE/Wirtschaft-Menschenrechte/wirtschaft-menschenrechte.html;jsessionid=41FDCEA9AF685ED10EED50E0A6A62FAB

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