Business and Human Rights

Toward mandatory standards for businesses in Mexico and Latin America

Respect for human rights is non-negotiable. Businesses must be held accountable for the human rights impacts of their activities and throughout their supply chains. To achieve this, there are non-binding initiatives like the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, and the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

While such voluntary initiatives are a step in the right direction, we need to go much further and draft mandatory, binding regulations on businesses’ respect for human rights. This is a crucial measure, particularly in Mexico and Latin America, where corporate capture of the State is rife.

At PODER, and in partnership with communities and other nonprofit organizations, we carry out advocacy in local, regional and global spaces that can promote this agenda. Furthermore, we coordinate the Business-Human Rights Focus Group In Mexico, whose aim is to guarantee the respect, awareness and protection of human rights by the State and by national and multinational businesses. The organizations that make up this Focus Group are (in alphabetical order): Business and Human Rights Resource Center (BHRRC), Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA), OXFAM Mexico, Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (ProDESC), Proyecto sobre Organización Desarrollo, Educación e Investigación (PODER), Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales (R3D), and Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz (Serapaz). The Focus Group is observed by the International Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) and accompanied by Peace Brigades International (PBI).

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