OECD Responsible Business Conduct Policy Reviews: Ecuador




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The OECD Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Policy Review of Ecuador seeks to foster the role of the Government in promoting business practices that maximise the contribution of enterprises to sustainable development and prevent and mitigate the adverse impacts that their activities, supply chains and/or business relationships may cause or contribute to causing on people, the planet, and society.


The Review examines the legislation, regulations and policies of Ecuador in the main areas covered by the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, including human and labour rights, the environment, and the fight against corruption. It also analyses how the Government can leverage and incentivise responsible business practices in its role as an economic actor (i.e., through public procurement and state-owned enterprises) and through other policy areas that can shape business conduct, particularly trade and investment policies. The Review formulates actionable recommendations in those different areas.


The Review constitutes a reference document and a valuable tool to support the Ecuadorian Government in the construction of an enabling policy and regulatory framework that drives, supports and promotes responsible business practices. This is becoming increasingly important to thrive in the global economy and strengthen economic, social and environmental progress. As such, the Review represents an important input to promote the RBC agenda in Ecuador, as well as for the development of the country’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. 



   6 December 2022 | 9:30 a.m. (Quito) / 3:30 p.m. (Paris)  Virtual Event


Agenda (available only in Spanish)


The launch event of the OECD Responsible Business Conduct Review of Ecuador presented the main findings and recommendations of the Review and gathered the views of representatives of the Government of Ecuador thereon.

In addition, the event allowed for a discussion with representatives from Ecuadorian business associations, trade unions, civil society organisations, as well as indigenous and afro-Ecuadorian peoples.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also participated in the event as partners of the OECD in the implementation of the Project “Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which is funded by the European Union. 


The event was opened by high-level remarks from the following representatives of the European Union, the Government of Ecuador and the OECD:

  • Charles-Michel GEURTS, Ambassador of the European Union in Ecuador
  • Helena YÁNEZ, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Daniel LEGARDA, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment, and Fisheries
  • Ana NOVIK, Head of the Investment Division of the OECD

It then continued with a presentation of the Review and a discussion on its relevance for the development of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights of Ecuador, with the following representatives of the OECD, ILO, and OHCHR:

  • Froukje BOELE, Head of Public Policy and Regional Programmes, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct
  • Marie BOUCHARD, Policy Analyst, Latin America and the Caribbean, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct
  • Italo CARDONA, Office Director for Andean Countries, ILO
  • Jan JARAB, Regional Representative for South America, OHCHR

Following the presentation of the Review, a panel moderated by Germán ZARAMA, Focal Point and Policy Analyst for Latin America and the Caribbean at the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct and comprised of the following representatives of Ecuadorian business associations, trade unions, civil society organisations, as well as indigenous and afro-Ecuadorian peoples, discussed the opportunities and challenges for promoting RBC in Ecuador:


  • Nathalia BONILLA, Acción Ecológica
  • Juana FRANCIS, Organización Mujeres de Asfalto
  • Nemo GUIQUITA, Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana (CONFENIAE)
  • Carlos LOAIZA, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Quito and of the Anticorruption and Integrity Commission of ICC Ecuador
  • Mesias TATAMUEZ MORENO, President of the Confederación Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones Clasistas Unitarias de Trabajadores (CEDOCUT)



For more information, please contact:

Marie Bouchard | Policy Analyst

Germán Zarama | Regional Focal Point


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