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German companies are the backbone of the fourth largest economy in the world. They have become household names around the world and their supply chains support the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers globally. Yet many continue to be linked to human rights abuses ranging from the infamous 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, which claimed over 1,000 lives, to labour and land rights issues in mining, agriculture and other sectors. The news of a leaked draft law by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is an indication of a first step towards addressing this contradiction. The proposal relates to sustainable supply chains and reportedly includes an element on human rights due diligence for German companies.

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