Chile – Equality

Pillar 1. The State duty to protect human rights

Strand 3: Inclusion and Non-Discrimination [pages 35-38]

Action Point 3.1

The Ministry of Labour will:

  • Perform a series of actions aimed at the protection and defense of human and labour rights of migrants through:
  • The identification of migrants that may benefit from State programmes on labour matters.
  • Training and awareness actions regarding the rights of migrants in the labour market for civil servants, unions and migrant associations.
  • Seek to increase the incorporation and participation of women in the labour market through programmes benefiting this group such as: Bonus to Reward the Work of Women; Programme to Develop Labour Competences for Women, Chile Solidario.
  • Promote and ensure the participation of women workers in unions.
  • Foster parental responsibility through the development of Special Covenants where unions may agree with the employer upon certain covenants aimed at offering workers with parental responsibilities the chance to access to labour schemes combining time at the workplace with time out of the workplace, as set out by article 376 of Law No. 20,940.

Action Point 3.3

The Ministry of Mining will generate the conditions for transiting to an inclusive organisational structure that includes the acknowledgement of respect and diversity in their practices. They will do this carrying out the following actions:

  • Talks about business and human rights addressed at key actors in the small, medium and large-scale mining industry.
  • Through the participation in Regional Boards and in the National Board for Women and Mining, the development of an action plan will be supported to raise awareness and motivate the different public and private actors involved in the mining industry in subjects such as gender equality. Likewise, the implementation of conditions for women to stay and develop a career in the mining industry and get equal pay will be fostered, as well as the creation of good labour practices and the balance between work, family and personal life.

Action Point 3.4

The Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, through the Division of Associativity and Social Economy will:

  • Create incubators of inclusive cooperatives in conjunction with SENADIS, the Ministry for Women and Gender Equality and local governments, in five districts -through training sessions in four different regions about the programme of female leadership in cooperatives.
  • Encourage the organisation of training and support for the effective exercise of gender parity at democratic representation bodies within cooperatives.

Action Plan 3.6

The Ministry for Women and Gender Equality will:

  • Carry out activities in conjunction with the Danish Embassy to encourage the respect of human rights in women regarding corporate activity. The activities will be performed within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding about “Gender Equality and Sustainability, including Business and Human Rights.”
  • Organise training sessions for union leaders of State business enterprises about the union’s challenges regarding gender-focused demands.
  • Organise training sessions for human resource staff working in State business enterprises and other businesses about the balance between work and family life.
  • Disseminate Chilean Regulation No. 3262 to civil servants and business enterprises.
  • Encourage gender equality in business enterprises through the Iguala Seal.
  • Train civil servants about the balance between work and family life.

Strand 5: Public Contracts

Action Point 5.4 [page 43]

The Ministry of Social Development will: …

  • The National Disability Service will review the operation of Guideline 17 about inclusive public purchases that promote equal opportunities in the public marketplace, with the purpose to improve its enforcement in line with the Guiding Principles.

Strand 6: Strengthening coherence between public policies

Action Point 6.2 [page 45]

The Ministry of Social Development will draft a proposal for gathering information about business and human rights, which includes the following: …

  • Through the National Service of the Elderly, will coordinate dialogues about the services that provide the elderly residences with a human rights approach through protocols guidelines. The dialogues will be with enterprises at a regional level that provide services of care to elderly people to disseminate the guidelines the Service has define.

Action Point 6.3

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will: …

  • Through the General Directorate of International Economic Relations, it will: · Reinforce the work of committees created pursuant to chapters contained in trade agreements about… that they include human rights-related objectives in their duties, thus becoming a forum for carrying out relevant dialogues. In line with the above, DIRECON will encourage the development of specific coordination activities in the committees and promote the development of technical capacities in human rights.