Human Rights Due Diligence Project
Latin America ConsultationHosted by the International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE)
The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (“ICAR”) is hosting
consultations withlocal experts in various jurisdictions to gain valuable inputs into the Human Rights DueDiligence Project. The Human Rights Due Diligence Project will formulate legal and policyrecommendations to governments to promote due diligence to prevent, remedy and mitigateadverse human rights impacts.On October 5
, 2012, the International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity(CIDSE)
hosted the Project’s
Latin America Consultation in Lima, Peru. Partners also includedthe Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) and the Comision Episcopol de Accion Social (CEAS).We extend our thanks to these organizations for the excellent leadership and collaboration inthis endeavor.Participants in our Consultation included: Geraldine McDonald, CIDSE; Santiago Fischer, Justiceand Peace; Antonio Manganella, Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development;Mary Durran, Development & Peace; Carla García Zendejas, Due Process of Law Foundation;Flavia Milano, Global Rights; Victor Ricco, Center for Human Rights and Environment; WalterArteaga, Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario; Dora Lucy Arias, José AlvearRestrepo Lawyers' Collective; Sergio Moreno Rubio, Latin American Institute for an AlternativeSociety and an Alternative Law; Francisco Bustamente, Minga; Andrea Torres Bobadilla, TierraDigna; Pedro Landa, Centro Hondureño para la Promoción y el Desarrollo Comunitario(CEPHPRODEC); Teresa María Fuentes Maldonado, COPAE; Walter Blake, Episcopal Commissionfor Social Action; Humberto Ortiz Roca, Episcopal Commission for Social Action; VanessaSchaeffer, Cooperation; David Velazco, Ecumenical Foundation for Development and Peace;Carlos Monge, Revenue Watch; and Carlos Cordero Sanz, Sustentia .The Consultation was led by Amol Mehra, ICAR; Geraldine McDonald, CIDSE, and the HumanRights Due Diligence Project experts, including Professor Anita Ramasastry and Professor OlivierDe Schutter. A short summary of the discussion follows.
Distrust in voluntary mechanisms
Although participants expressed frustration over a lack of enforcement by governments,participants noted that there should be a push for legally enforceable, rather than voluntary,mechanisms in both home and host states. Failure to conduct due diligence or to make honestdisclosures should be answered with sanctions and benefits from States to companies shouldbe conditioned on performance of human rights due diligence.
Corporate Social Responsibility as more than just philanthropy
In Latin America, many companies think of corporate social responsibility in terms of theirinvestment in the community. For example, a company might invest in sporting programs.