amfori Partners with IGCC on Business and Human Rights Training

15-12-2020

 

amfori, in partnership with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, will hold our first training on the Indian and German National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights beginning January 2021.

The initiative is among one of the first in India that focuses on working with companies in India to ensure business growth and protection of human rights in the supply chains. It represents a continuation of amfori’s efforts on business and human rights due diligence.

Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) is an essential aspect of human rights protection. Understanding the link between HRDD and effective remedial steps to address abuses is a crucial step for effective human rights protection. In the last few years, amfori has made conscious and continuous efforts to promote and progress human rights protections in India and Europe.

The year 2020 has been a productive year for amfori for the development of HRDD. In February 2020, amfori published a policy position paper on HRDD. The paper recognises that properly designed legislation has the ability to raise the standard of due diligence conduct. However, legislation alone will not be enough. Additional complementary tools such as incentives for companies that go beyond compliance, an increased level of corporate transparency and stronger stances in trade and investment policies are required.

To support our members, we set up the amfori Supply Chain Grievance Mechanism - a mechanism to enable our members to provide access to remedy to address impacted workers and communities in their global supply chains. This was followed by a stakeholder roundtable on HRDD liability, bringing together representatives from civil society and business organisations in an effort to facilitate a better understanding of each stakeholder’s perspective.

amfori’s efforts on human rights protections in supply chains continue with the training on the National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights, in partnership with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce.

Training on National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights.

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with ExperTS program, which is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is implementing a project on business and human rights.

Within the framework of this project, the IGCC partners with amfori to implement training on human rights due diligence in business conduct and on the contents of the German and Indian National Action Plan (NAP) on business and human rights. The trainings seek to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India with a business link to Germany (e.g. suppliers for German companies) and provide them with the expertise and knowledge to implement salient features of the NAP such as the setting up of a human rights statement and of risk identification in supply chains.

In both India and Germany, the NAP on business and human rights will become more relevant in the near future. The German NAP and related legal compliance are expected to become mandatory for companies of certain sizes. In addition, protection of human rights is an important topic for all companies.

With the Indian NAP expected to be published soon, companies in India will have to follow national regulations. India has already released a zero draft of its National Action Plan along with National Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct. The training will thus strengthen SMEs in India in socially responsible business conduct and create awareness as well as improve human rights.

 

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