Global supply chains
German business has already been very active for many years in the perception of its CSR and sustainability activities in global supply chains
Many - especially larger - German companies have set up their own CSR/sustainability departments in recent years. Thus, especially in large companies, more and more employees are working directly in the area of CSR/sustainability. However, many small and medium-sized companies have also taken measures in the area of CSR in recent years. As part of their CSR/sustainability strategy, many companies have also taken concrete measures to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
Social commitment is an integral part of the established German corporate culture. German companies commit €11.2 billion annually in the social sector alone. In addition, a large number of initiatives exist at international and national level to promote the ideas of CSR and sustainability, such as the UN Global Compact Network and German Global Compact Network, the Alliance for Sustainable Textiles, Together for Sustainability (TfS), Chemie³, Bettercoal, etc.
German companies enjoy a very good reputation in the course of their foreign trade activities
Acknowledge the complexity of global supply chains
"Global supply chains are complex, diverse and fragmented. ... They have contributed to economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction and entrepreneurship, and can contribute to the transition from informal to formal economies."
(Source: Tripartite Resolution of the International Labour Conference (IC) 2016 on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains)