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Joint Project on Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean

The project “Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean”, implemented together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), aims to promote responsible business conduct practices in line with international standards. The project is funded by the European Union.

When:

1 January 2019 - 31 December 2022

Contact:

rbclac@ohchr.org
 

Further information:

         Project fact sheet
         Project webpages of ILO and OECD

Background

The expectation that goods and services be produced and supplied in a responsible manner - in compliance with international standards that guarantee the respect for human rights, decent work and environmental protection - has significantly grown. At the same time, since the unanimous endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the Human Rights Council in 2011, international standards on responsible business conduct (RBC) have evolved to greater convergence, including on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Governments, business and civil society in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are also showing an increased interest in promoting responsible business conduct.

Project objectives

  1. Support LAC governments in the development and/or implementation of National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights.
  2. Enhance the understanding and capacity of stakeholders (especially business) to conduct human rights due diligence to identify, prevent, mitigate and address adverse impacts on human rights, decent work and the environment.
  3. Facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons learned and develop joint initiatives that promote responsible practices.

OHCHR activities will focus on promoting and supporting the effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Scope

The activities of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will include a mix of regional and country-specific activities. Country-specific activities are planned in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

Activities will be implemented by OHCHR regional offices for South America (in Chile) and for Central America (in Panama), as well as OHCHR county offices in Colombia and Mexico, with support from OHCHR Geneva. Activities will also involve the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights and support its mandate to promote the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean 

The Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean is the region’s foremost gathering in this area. It provides a unique space for dialogue between governments, business, civil society, affected groups, workers organizations and international organizations on trends, challenges and good practices in preventing and addressing business-related human rights impacts.  This event allows to take stock of the implementation by States and business enterprises in the region, of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), and international standards, such as OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), and incentivizes initiatives for their further implementation.

The Fourth Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights – “Looking ahead: Actions to Foster Responsible Business Conduct”   is due to be held on 3-4 September 2019 in Santiago de Chile. The event is organized by the Office for South America of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, with the support of the ILO and the OECD within the framework of a project financed by the European Union on  "Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean".