OECD Responsible Business Conduct Policy Reviews: Mexico


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The OECD Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Policy Review of Mexico 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 on people, the planet, and society. The report examines the initiatives and regulations of the country in the 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 economic actor (i.e., through public procurement and state-owned enterprises) and through other policy areas, in particular trade and investment policies. It formulates actionable recommendations in those different areas. 


The Review constitutes a reference document and a valuable tool to help the Mexican Government in the construction of an enabling policy and regulatory framework to drive, support and promote 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 for the Mexican RBC agenda and the development of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Mexico. 


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   23 September 2021, 9 a.m. (Mexico) / 4 p.m. (Paris)  Virtual Event   

Registration | Agenda: Spanish only

The launch event of the OECD Responsible Business Conduct Review of Mexico presented the main findings and recommendations of the report and gathered the views of Mexican business associations, trade unions, civil society organisations and indigenous peoples thereon. 

In addition, the event allowed for a discussion with representatives from the Mexican government in charge of promoting RBC and the business and human rights agenda: the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), the Ministry of Economy (SE), and National Contact Point for RBC. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation also participated in the discussion 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.

Read press coverage from the launch event (in Spanish only)

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The event was opened by high-level remarks from the following representatives of the European Union, the Government of Mexico, and the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct:

  • Gautier Mignot, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Mexico
  • Allan Jorgensen, Head of the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct
  • Enrique Irazoque Palazuelos, Head of the Unit for the Defence of Human Rights, Ministry of Interior
  • Ana Paula Lavalle, Coordinator for International Human Rights Pacts, General Directorate for Human Rights and Democracy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mónica Duhem Delgado, Head of the Global Economic Intelligence Unit, Ministry of Economy
It then started with a presentation from the OECD and the projection of recorded interviews from various stakeholders, including:
  • The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos – CIEDH)
  • The Business Coordination Council (Consejo Coordinador Empresarial – CCE)
  • The Indigenous and Popular Regional Council of Xpujil (Consejo Regional Indígena y Popular de Xpujil)
  • Mexico’s Confederation of Employers (Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana – COPARMEX)
  • The Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Proyecto sobre Organización, Desarrollo, Educación e Investigación – PODER)

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Following the video projection, a panel comprised of the following speakers discussed the opportunities and challenges to promote RBC and the respect of human rights by companies in Mexico, with emphasis on the eventual development of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights by the Government:

  • Guillermo Fernández Maldonado, Country Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico (UNOHCHR)
  • Pedro Américo Furtado de Oliveira, Director of the Country Office for Mexico and Cuba of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • José Luis Calderón, Head of the Directorate for Human Rights Policy, Ministry of Interior
  • Karla Minutti Pérez, Coordinator in the Global Economic Intelligence Unit, National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct, Ministry of Economy
  • Humberto Cantú, Professor at the School of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Monterrey and Executive Director of the Business and Human Rights Institute (IDHE)

For more information, please contact

Marie Bouchard | Policy Analyst

Germán Zarama | Regional Focal Point


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