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Promoting Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean

 

 

About the project

 

The Responsible business conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean project, implemented together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the European Union (EU), aims to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU and Latin America and Caribbean by supporting responsible business conduct practices in line with the OECD, UN, and ILO instruments. It is the first time these three organisations join forces with the support of the EU to promote responsible business conduct within the framework of a joint regional project, which is being implemented over a period of four years (2019-2022).

 

The RBC-LAC Project supports governments, businesses and stakeholders in their efforts to promote and uphold responsible business conduct in line with international standards, thorough a mix of regional and country-specific activities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

 

Activities will build on the OECD’s experience in promoting RBC policies, the effective uptake by companies of the OECD guidance on due diligence in various sectors, including minerals/extractives, agriculture, garment and footwear, and financial sectors and strengthening access to remedy through the National Contact Points for RBC . Activities will include capacity building, research, convening of stakeholders and peer learning.

 

The project will be undertaken in partnership with Chile and Mexico, both OECD members, as well Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru, which have all adhered to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and have set up a NCP, and two partner economies, namely Ecuador and Panama.

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Call for proposals

RBCLAC Fund for the Promotion of Responsible Business Conduct


This Fund provides funding opportunities to initiatives that contribute to the promotion and implementation of responsible business conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean.


First call for proposals: Closed. Launch of the second call: Between 3-7 August 2020  
To register and submit your proposal, please visit the RBCLAC Fund’s website.

 

What is Responsible Business Conduct ?

Responsible business conduct (RBC) means that all businesses – regardless of their legal status, size, ownership structure or sector – avoid and address negative consequences of their operations, while contributing to sustainable development of the countries where they operate. RBC means integrating and considering environmental and social issues within core business activities, including throughout the supply chain and business relationships. A key element of RBC is risk-based due diligence – a process through which businesses identify, prevent and mitigate their actual and potential negative impacts and account for how those impacts are addressed.

 

Find out more about how OECD, ILO and United Nations instruments provide aligned and complementary guidance on responsible business (Español | English)   

 

 

 
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Videos about the RBCLAC Project

     
Upcoming events in 2020

3 Sessions on responsible business conduct international standards; human rights due diligence and national action plans on business and human rights:

  • 5 August: Responsible Business Conduct and International Instruments on Business and Human Rights;
  • 16 September: Human Rights Due Diligence: Theory and Practice of International Standards;
  • 7 October: National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights.

These virtual sessions are co-organised with the Government of Costa Rica in the framework of the RBCLAC project. Registeration: https://bit.ly/2OsKWKW

 

Other events

  • Perú Sostenible: Foro Perú XXI, 20 October 2020. This event will be delivered remotely by PERÚ 2021 (national representatives of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development).
  • Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, 7-11 September 2020. Register: here. This event will be delivered remotely by OHCHR with the support of OECD.
  • Technical workshop on human rights and climate change for Argentinean businesses, August 2020. This event will be delivered remotely. 
  • Webinar on COVID-19 and RBC, July TBC. This event will be delivered remotely in collaboration with OHCHR and ILO, CONFIEP Peru and SNMPE.
  • “Mensajes clave de los instrumentos internacionales sobre conducta empresarial responsable: retos y oportunidades para su implementación en Peru”, July TBC. This event will be delivered remotely in collaboration with OHCHR and ILO / CONFIEP and SNMPE.
  • Webinar on COVID-19 and RBC, July TBC. This event will be delivered remotely in collaboration with National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), OHCHR and ILO.
  • Regional Dialogue: RBC and business responses to COVID, 15 July 2020. This event was delivered remotely in collaboration with OHCHR and ILO, OECD Mexico Centre and IOE.
  • Webinar on COVID-19 and RBC, 9 July 2020. This event was delivered remotely in collaboration with EU Delegation to Brazil, OHCHR and ILO.
  • Taller sobre Debida Diligencia, 6-7 July 2020. This event was delivered remotely in collaboration with Global Compact Argentina and OHCHR. 
  • Business and Human Rights Innovations in the EU and Latin America, 1 July 2020. This event was delivered remotely in collaboration with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation.
  • Iniciativa de Derechos Humanos y Empresas, 29-30 June 2020. This event was closed to business and was delivered remotely in collaboration with Global Compact Mexico, RBCLAC Project, IDHE-UDEM.
  • Launch of the “Responsible Business Conduct Policy Review of Peru”, 25 June 2020. This event was delivered remotely.

Consult previous events




 

RBC LAC Country Fact Sheets

The Responsible Business Conduct Country Fact sheets provide an overview of facts and figures relevant for RBC efforts in the nine countries targeted by the RBC LAC project. Besides a general overview of the national economy, these fact sheets provide data on trade and investment, introduce key information points on RBC and provide an insight into certain sectors of major economic and development importance in each country, such as agriculture, mining/extractives, garment and footwear, and finance.

The fact sheets precede the launch of the RBC policy reviews in the nine countries, which will analyse and provide practical recommendations on government policies and policy coherence on RBC.

Peru - country fact sheet

RBC - LAC - Country Fact Sheet - PERU

Colombia - country fact sheet

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Mexico - country fact sheet

 RBC Country Fact Sheet Mexico

Chile - country fact sheet

Country Fact Sheet - Chile 

 

 
Role of 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

 

NCP Roadmaps

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.

 

 

Contact 

For more information on this project :

Froukje Boele | Project Manager Froukje.BOELE@oecd.org

Germán Zarama | Regional Focal Point German.ZARAMA@oecd.org

 

 

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This project is implemented in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the European Union (EU)zzz

 

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With funding from the European Union

 

 

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.

 

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