Government faces complaints that measures have too many loopholes or put country’s business at a disadvantage
Germany’s cabinet has approved a law on due-diligence to enforce the protection of human rights and environmental standards along global supply chains, prompting criticism that ministers had either gone too far, or not far enough. “Every human being has the right to a life of dignity — this applies not only to Germany but worldwide,” Gerd Müller, the country’s development minister, said on Wednesday. Activists in Europe’s largest economy have long called for a law that would require companies to assess due diligence — not just at home but in places where raw materials are extracted and goods assembled right to their final destinations.