The proactive agenda is a new prospective dimension added in the 2011 update that contributes to problem solving, as well as the avoidance of problems, in a broader context than the specific instance procedures. The proactive agenda complements the specific instance procedure by helping enterprises identify and respond to risks of adverse impacts associated with particular products, regions, sectors or industries.
Central to its potential to effect change on a broad scale is its employment of the multi-stakeholder process which gives stakeholders the opportunity to participate side-by-side with enterprises in developing strategies to avoid risks of adverse impacts. Proactive agenda work should add value and avoid duplication with other initiatives and collaborative efforts.
NCPs are well-placed to play an important role in contributing to the proactive agenda since they maintain regular contact with social partners and other stakeholders in order to:
Proactive agenda projects include:
These projects do not create any new responsibilities or recommendations in addition to those in the Guidelines (i.e. no new normative framework).
THE PROACTIVE AGENDA IN PRACTICE
The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas is an example of the potential of the proactive agenda.