The German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz) came into force on January 1, 2023. How is ZF prepared for this, especially when it comes to human rights?
We prepared meticulously for the start of this legislation and created the necessary structures. A cross-functional Human Rights Working Group is looking into integrating the core elements of the Human Rights Due Diligence approach into the relevant business processes. This includes expanding risk management. We are also revising the Global Business Partner Principles to flesh out requirements for social and ecological issues.
Where is ZF involved so it can position itself and participate outside the company?
ZF actively participates in the “Branchendialog Automobil”, an automotive industry forum run by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Its goal is to improve the human rights situation along the global supply and value-added chains. In 2022, ZF became a member of the Responsible Supply Chain Initiative (RSCI), which helps the industry promote sustainability in its supply chains. The RSCI standard enables audits of own locations and the supply chain to create transparency on working conditions.