Regional Seminar advances dialogue on responsible business and decent work in Latin America

The III Regional Seminar on Responsible Business Conduct and Decent Work (Lima, Peru, 21-23 November 2023) presented a valuable platform for governments, employers, and workers representatives from Latin America to enhance dialogue on the labour aspects of responsible business conduct (RBC).

News | 01 December 2023

The III Regional Seminar on Responsible Business Conduct and Decent Work (Lima, Peru, 21-23 November 2023) presented a valuable platform for governments, employers, and workers representatives from Latin America to enhance dialogue on the labour aspects of responsible business conduct (RBC). This event was a collaboration between the RBCLAC Project, the ILO Multinational Enterprises Unit (MULTI), ITC-ILO, and ILO’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. It built upon the discussions and themes addressed in the VIII Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, furthering the region's commitment to responsible business conduct and decent work in accordance with the guidance offered by the ILO MNE Declaration.

Representatives of governments, employers and workers from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Peru actively participated in the seminar. It also counted with the participation of institutional partners such as OECD, the UN Global Compact, UNICEF and UNDP.

The Seminar’s opening plenary included key insights by Mr Luigino Pilotto, Vice-Minister for Justice and Human Rights, Peru; Mr Gaspar Frontini, Ambassador, European Union Delegation in Peru; and Ms Claudia Coenjaerts, Deputy Director of ILO’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, who highlighted “As ILO, we reaffirm our commitment to continue strengthening the capacity of governments and employers' and workers’ organizations on responsible business conduct and decent work, so our constituents can engage in a significant and meaningful way in the promotion of a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development in the region. The principles of the ILO MNE Declaration provide key guidance to this end”.

Ms Githa Roelans, Head, Multinational Enterprises Unit, provided a keynote address on key trends of the responsible business conduct agenda and the challenges and opportunities that this agenda presents for advancing decent work in the Latin America region.

Among the topics discussed during the seminar were the need for enhanced policy coherence on responsible business conduct to foster decent work, the relationship between RBC and just transitions towards environmentally sustainable economies, initiatives promoting inclusion and diversity in the world of work, and various developments concerning human rights due diligence, investment and trade.

The Seminar concluded by providing representatives of governments, workers and employers an opportunity to discuss and present what they considered to be key priorities for the responsible business conduct agenda to advance decent work in the region. These priorities will help to inform ILO’s work on decent work and responsible business conduct in the region and ILO’s support to the tripartite constituents on this agenda.