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Business Coaching: Getting Started with Human Rights Due Diligence

30 November | Johannesburg

One-day training course for German subsidiaries and their suppliers in South Africa.

South Africa is one of Africa’s key emerging markets and natural resource rich countries holding numerous opportunities for investors. Yet, German companies operating in South Africa are faced with a number of sustainability challenges such as barriers to the exercise of trade union rights, discrimination, inadequate working conditions especially in the informal sector or environmental degradation and corresponding community impacts. Increasingly, governments, investors and shareholders, business partners, civil society and consumers expect companies of all sizes to have human rights due diligence processes in place to know and show that they respect human rights. The upcoming German National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) will clarify expectations towards German companies including their subsidiaries and supply chains. Similar processes have started in other countries, e.g. UK Modern Slavery Act.

To support German companies operating in South Africa and their business partners in implementing these expectations, the Global Compact Network Germany will pilot a cross-sectoral introductory training.

Target Group

Managers interested in / responsible for CSR, sustainability, procurement, strategy, compliance/corporate governance, human resources, product safety, local liaison officers

The Training will

  • Give an overview of the expectation on companies to conduct human rights due diligence including linkages with major sustainability frameworks and trends in South Africa
  • Introduce five practical steps companies can take to get started
  • Provide examples of activities technology companies can undertake and what companies in the sector have done to make progress on their sustainability journey, with a specific focus on risk management and mitigation measures in the South African context

The training will be held by Madeleine Koalick and Larissa Dietrich of management consultancy twentyfifty ltd. twentyfifty has over a decade’s experience of helping multinational companies and their global value chains to understand and manage social impact using a human rights framework.


Philipp Bleckmann
Global Compact Network Germany
[email protected]

Larissa Dietrich
[email protected]