The Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (SCDDA) came into force in Germany at the beginning of January 2023. How can trade unions use this law to take action against human rights and environmental violations in the automotive supply chain? On this issue, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has recently published the study “The German Due Diligence Act and the Automotive Supply Chain in Africa: An Opportunity for Trade Union Solidarity?”, which deals with the trade union perspectives from South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Germany on the Supply Chain Act. It was co-lead by Hendrik Simon.
Together with Lorenza Monaco, Hendrik Simon explores the important role of trade unions, works councils and store stewards in ensuring the effectiveness of the law. He recommends that they be better involved. FES has published the study's recommendations in a separate document.
Hendrik Simon is a researcher at PRIF's research department Transnational Politics as well as the ConTrust research network and an associated researcher at the TraCe research network. He researches norms in international politics and the role of international law. He is also co-editor of the Völkerrechtsblog.