By  on April 23, 2019

For years, the German government has tried to encourage local companies to improve their supply chains, to take care of the environment and workers’ rights. But some politicians say that not enough is happening, nor is it happening fast enough. So they have suggested that if businesses don’t start behaving, tough new laws could force them to.

A version of one of those laws — the Sustainable Supply Chain Law, drafted by the German Ministry for Economic Development — caused headlines and outrage when it leaked mid-February. “Nonsense” was how the head of the national association of German employers described it. “Demotivating…saber-rattling,” the Africa Association of German Business complained.

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