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BERLIN – 50 German companies have called for proposed German mandatory due diligence laws to be strengthened in the parliamentary procedure, which starts this week. Outdoor brand Vaude and retailer Tchibo are among businesses calling for the new laws on due diligence in global supply chains to be beefed up. Sportswear giants adidas and Puma are notable absentees from the group of signatories, which claim the current proposals – which would make German retailers liable for supply chain violations – do not go far enough.

The laws will incorporate the provisions of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises into German domestic legislation.

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