The Role of Trade Unions in the Implementation of the German Supply Chain Due Dili¬gence Act (SCDDA)

New study by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung co-lead by Hendrik Simon published

Graphic Auto Assembly Line

Graphic: macrovector/freepik

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.