2023 Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector


Bärbel Kofler

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Member of the German Parliament and Parliamentary State Secretary


Dr Bärbel Kofler has been a Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) since 2004 and was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development on 8 December 2021. From March 2016 to December 2021 she was the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid. In the Bundestag’s 19th electoral term she served on the Committee of Foreign Affairs and was an executive committee member of the SPD parliamentary group. Bärbel Kofler is a member of the following trade unions: IG BCE (Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union), IG Metall and GEW (Union of Persons Employed in Education and Science). The Bavarian Member of the German Parliament, she is a trained bank clerk, studied computer science at Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences and did a doctorate in linguistics at Salzburg University. After completing her PhD, Bärbel Kofler worked as a DAAD lector in Moscow and as a lecturer at a college for those engaging in civilian service.

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