The ZVEI is committed to respecting human rights and will always advocate improvements, as will its member companies. However, the association rejects national go-it-alone measures such as the planned German Due Diligence Act and calls for a European regulation as well as regulations that can actually be implemented by the companies in a legally secure manner and are purposeful.
In some regions of the world, there is a risk that the protection of internationally recognised human rights and the environment will be disregarded in the production or processing of goods. The electrical industry fully supports the protection of human rights and the environment, as well as the prevention and containment of armed conflicts and crisis situations in third countries. It is the task of the European Union to pursue a coherent foreign, security and development policy. In accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), companies can make a supplementary contribution in their own sphere of responsibility, but cannot replace decisive political action.
The position paper at hand outlines the concerns of the elctrical industry and proposes possible a solution.