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Das Potenzial eines Lieferkettengesetzes einen Beitrag zur Optimierung bestehender sozial-ökologischer Konditionen zu leisten

Authors
  • Siakala, Sara1
  • Müller, Martin1
  • 1 Institut für Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung, Helmholtzstr. 18, 89081 , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
May 06, 2020
Volume
69
Issue
1
Pages
34–43
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/zfwp-2020-2027
Source
De Gruyter
License
Yellow

Abstract

This paper analyses the question whether, and if so, under what conditions, a supply chain law could have a positive impact on the existing social and ecological conditions. Since supply chains represent one of the most important levers for business to create positive impact in the world, a supply chain law generally has great potential to make a positive contribution. Compared to voluntary commitments it can be assumed that a law would increase the willingness of companies to implement sustainable supply chain measures. Furthermore, it can be assumed that a regulation or at least a directive at the EU level would mitigate the risk of a competitive disadvantage of companies that are investing in sustainable supply chain measures compared to those companies that are not taking comparable steps. The real potential of a supply chain law, however, depends on the specific regulation, influenced essentially by the concrete provisions, the responsibility scope, the implementation flexibility and the penalty mechanisms.

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