This month has seen a string of human rights allegations against German companies. Big names like Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Edeka have been accused by Oxfam of poverty pay, harsh working conditions, and gender discrimination in their supply chains.
Volkswagen and Thyssenkrupp have been accused by the AFL-CIO of violating the workers’ rights standards in the United States that they follow in Europe. And a study by Christliche Initiative Romero links the supply chains of Edeka, Aurubis and Thyssenkrupp with human rights abuse.
These allegations come at a critical time, with significant implications for investors. In 2020, the German Government will decide whether to introduce legislation similar to France’s Duty of Vigilance law – which mandates that companies identify and prevent human rights risks in their supply chains – and push for related “EU-wide regulation”.
How representative are the recent allegations? In a new study by Business…