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Colombia: Business association publishes corporate human rights due diligence guides in English

“Guías Colombia launches its corporate human rights due diligence guides in English” – 8 July 2019

…For nearly 13 years, Guías Colombia has promoted corporate human rights due diligence through the joint elaboration of guides focused on essential topics for companies and rights’ holders. These guides have been designed collaboratively within the initiative, using the main international standards as reference -like the United Nations’ Guiding Principles- as well as global best practice. The guides also take into consideration the complexities faced by companies when operating in contexts like Colombia; for instance, situations of violence and State weakness…As Guías Colombia we believe these guides are useful for companies elsewhere that are in need of orientation to begin their journey to ensure the respect for human rights. They have been written in a practical format easily applicable by companies, using the Plan–Do–Check–Act cycle. This is why this effort to translate our guides to English aims to expand our reach to an international audience and to a variety of stakeholders in a global context…Until now, Guías Colombia has published six (6) guides –and an annex to one of them-, all of which have been translated to English. These guides are open for public consultation and use without any cost…[Refers to Avianca, Ecopetrol, EPM (Empresas Públicas de Medellín), Grupo Nutresa, Nestlé and other stakeholders]

[Guide on Decent Work, Guide for Due Diligence in Institutional StrengtheningGuide on the Purchase and Acquisition of Land Rights and Rights of Use, Security Guide, Guide on Grievance and Complaints Mechanisms]