The Frankfurter Rundschau reports that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) generally support compliance with human rights in global supply chains. This was the result of a survey by the Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics. At the same time, the survey shows that companies fear that the Supply Chain Act (LkSG) will lead to companies focusing primarily on “compliance”, i.e. on legal certainty – and less on actual changes in favor of human rights.
There is also criticism of the behavior of the business associations, which “first ignored the fundamentally positive attitude of many SMEs, then relied on prevention for too long and finally did not contribute enough pragmatically to the concrete design,” as the study quotes.