The German Supply Chain Act – A Sustainable Regulatory Framework for interna-tionally active Market Players?


Anne-Christin Mittwoch
Fernanda Luisa Bremenkamp

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On 16 July 2021, the German legislature adopted the Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains (LkSG). It is the most important step taken so far by the German legislature in terms of promoting corporate sustainability and protecting human rights in globalised supply chains. However, it sadly did not make use of the opportunity to take on a pioneering role in the broader comparative context. The authors critically analyse the sustainability concept of the Act, as well as its provisions on scope and enforcement. In both aspects, the Act falls short of expectations; it does not introduce a comprehensive concept of sustainability, small and medium-sized enterprises are excluded from the scope of application, and comprehensive due diligence along the supply chain is not achieved. On the enforcement level, the main weakness of the LkSG lies in its lack of regulation of civil liability.



June 2022





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