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.


Upcoming events


  • Technical workshop on Due Diligence and COVID-19 crisis responses for Mexican businesses, 21-22 April 2020. This event will be delivered remotely in collaboration with Global Compact Mexico; OHCHR, ILO and the IDHE-UDEM.
  • Webinar on the COVID-19 crisis and RBC for businesses in Costa Rica, delivered in collaboration with OHCHR, ILO and AED, May 6 2020.
  • Technical workshop in OECD RBC instruments and due diligence for Peruvian businesses, May 2020. This event will be delivered remotely.
  • Seminar on Due Diligence for Argentinean businesses, 3 June 2020. This event will be delivered remotely in collaboration with Global Compact Argentina and OHCHR.
  • Technical workshop on human rights and climate change for Argentinean businesses, August 2020. This event will be delivered remotely.

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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.
Deadline for applications: 4 May 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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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



For more information on this project :

Froukje Boele | Project Manager

Germán Zarama | Regional Focal Point



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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



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