Promoting Responsible Business Conduct in LAC - National Contact Points for RBC
Seven out of the nine countries targeted by the RBC-LAC Project are Adherents to the OECD Guidelines and therefore have National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct (NCPs for RBC) in place. NCPs are agencies established by governments. Their mandate is twofold: to promote the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and related due diligence guidance, and to handle cases (referred to as “specific instances”) as a non-judicial grievance mechanism. To date, 48 governments have an NCP for RBC.
Within the RBC-LAC Project, NCPs also play an important role in supporting the continuity of all activities to be undertaken under the OECD actions and engaging in follow-up capacity building. LAC NCPs include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru.
Under the project, each LAC NCP is developing jointly with the OECD Secretariat a ‘roadmap’ of future capacity-building activities for the period 2020-2022. Roadmaps contain an executive summary of the needs identified to strengthen the NCP, a list of actions to be implemented in response to the needs identified, and a timeline for implementation of actions over the period 2020-2022.