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Daniel Weiß

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Daniel Weiß is Head of Programme Green Economy at adelphi, a public policy consultancy based in Berlin. He completed a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Management at the University of Leeds, UK, and a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, and in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is leading national and international projects in the area of sustainable management and sustainable supply chain management of companies. In one of his recent projects, he supported the monitoring process of companies’ supply chain due diligence obligations enshrined in the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office.
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Respect for Human Rights in Global Value Chains: Risks and Opportunities for German Industries.

The German Federal Government adopted the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP) in 2016. This plan lays down German companies’ responsibility to respect human rights. In addition, it provides for a bundle of measures to assist companies with implementing and organ­ising their due diligence with regard to human rights. The study “Respect for Human Rights in Global Value Chains. Risks and Opportunities for German Industries” is one of these measures. It analyses human rights risks found in the value chain of various German industries. As part of the implementation of the NAP, the aim of this study is to provide a basis for the German government’s decision on which in­dustries will be offered assistance in the form of sectoral dialogues. The entire German economy was examined from a human rights perspective and 11 “focus industries” were identified. Data on national and international activities already being undertaken by these industries to exer­cise corporate due diligence with regard to human rights was collected in the course of inter­views and background discussions with sectoral representatives, trade unions and stake­holders from civil society. The project team de­vel­oped potential starting points for sectoral dialogues and further activities for the 11 focus industries. Cross-sectoral recommendations were also formulated.

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Beyond Rhetoric: Why Foreign Policy Needs to Foster Private Sector SDG Implementation.

From conflict prevention to human rights protection – companies are vital for the success of the 2030 Agenda and foreign policy alike. But progress on SDG implementation in the business world is at a turning point. Foreign policy can and must play a decisive role by building a robust knowledge base, making use of economic diplomacy instruments and bringing trade and foreign direct investment in line with the SDGs. adelphi's volume "Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda", comprised by 6 provocative essays, explores what contributions foreign policy can make on the road to achieving sustainable ways of life and provide guidance by pointing out entry points, priorities and trade-offs. They aim to inspire actors around the world to work together to initiate and boost the necessary changes and keep winning over new like-minded partners

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Atlas on Environmental Impacts: Supply Chains

Identifying critical sustainability topics and areas of action in the supply chain represents a first important milestone for companies in sustainable supply chain management. The focus is important to be able to use the limited human and financial resources as effectively and efficiently as possible. This is often not easy. Both the procurement of data across national boundaries and the ability to influence direct and indirect suppliers to improve their sustainability performance is challenging for companies. This publication seeks to support companies in both areas and thus help to create transparency in relation to the main environmental impacts along the supply chain. The “Atlas on Environmental Impacts: Supply Chains” shows at which sites and in which global regions along the supply chain negative impacts can occur for selected industries with high environmental impacts. This makes “hot spots” for the respective industry visible. Environmental impacts are presented via four key topics: greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, water consumption, and land use (Part I). The results show the environmental impacts of each industry in Germany with their respective supply chains, i.e. from the extraction of the necessary raw materials, through their processing at upstream stages, all the way to the direct suppliers. On the basis of these results, the atlas introduces possible measures for designing and optimising a sustainable supply chain

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