Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean

The new programme Responsible business conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean, implemented together with the OECD, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and funded by the European Union, 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 UN, ILO and OECD instruments.

Background

The expectation that goods and services should 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, the past decades have seen a convergence of international standards on responsible business conduct (RBC), 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.

The Project "Responsible business conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean (RBCLAC)” is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It is financed by and designed in collaboration with the European Union (EU).

Project objectives

The Project 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 UN, ILO and OECD instruments.

Expected outcomes

  1. Support LAC governments in the development and/or implementation of National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights/ RBC.
  2. Enhance the understanding and capacity of stakeholders (especially business) to implement due diligence to identify, prevent 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 RBC practices.
ILO activities will be undertaken under the framework of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.

Geographical focus

Activities under the Project will include a mix of regional and country-specific activities. Country-specific activities will be implemented in nine countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru.