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  • Action point 1.6 (p. 11):

 “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will disseminate and promote this plan internationally through its Diplomatic Missions, Permanent Representation Offices and Consular Sections.”

  • Action point 1.7 (p.11):

 “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, through its offices and agencies charged with business internationalization, will promote respect for human rights in the business activities, providing support regarding the contents of this Plan.”

  • Action point 1.9 (p .12):

 “The Post-Conflict Directorate, jointly with the Council to the President for Human Rights, will promote the agenda on human rights and peacebuilding in the business sector, in alliance with the Chamber of Commerce of Colombia; thus, a training and knowledge transfer process by the Government, as well as cooperation with enterprises and the enterprises’ employees will be created.”

  • Action point 1.11 (p. 12):

 “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will join forces to provide the enterprises and Embassies in Colombia with better knowledge of the stipulations of this Plan.”

  • Action point 2.5 (p. 13):

 “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and its entities (PROCOLOMBIA) will work to make the Colombian enterprises observe the human rights standards and will strive for incentives in the international market.”

  • Action Point IV is dedicated to the “State’s guidance towards respect for Human Rights in the business activities”:
    • Action point 4.1 (p. 15):
      “The Government will strengthen the subscribing to these multi-actor initiatives: Guias Colombia, Swiss Ethical Committee and the Mining-Energy Committee, as well as the implementation of guides or the provided recommendations by such initiatives.
    • Action point 4.2 (p. 15):
      “The Council to the President for Human Rights will have a microsite on its website for the business and human rights issue, where the information on the implementation of this plan will be available.”
    • Action point 4.3 (p. 15):
      “With the purpose of preventing enterprises from engaging in actions involving any kind of discrimination, the National Government will boost the knowledge transfer and the transfer of the developed tools in the context of the National Human Rights Strategy in respect of rights to equality and non-discrimination.”
    • Action point 4.4 (p. 15):
      “Within the State Policy for the LGBTI population, which the National Government is preparing, business practices respecting, recognizing and appreciating this population’s diversity will be supported.”
    • Action point 4.5 (p.15):
      “The Ministry of Labor will advise the businessmen on the labor inclusion of people with disabilities and employment mediation services, in agreement with the National Public Policy on Disability and Social Inclusion.”
    • Action point 4.6 (p.15):
      “The Council to the President for Women Equality will strengthen the coordination for the application of the international standards on women’s rights, intended to guarantee such rights in the business world.”
    • Action point 4.7 (p.15):
      “The Ministry of Labor and the Colombian Institution for Family Welfare will strengthen actions intended to provide advice, training and monitoring to enterprises in respect of the integral protection of the children’s rights, as well as the implementation of the children’s rights and business principles in the priority sectors.”
    • Action point 4.8 (p.15):
      “The Ministry of Labor will strengthen actions to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, and will create strategies engaging the private sector in the actions to prevent the violation of the children’s and adolescents’ rights.”
    • Action point 4.9 (p.15):
      “The Ministry of Labor will strengthen actions aiming at protecting the rights to union freedom and collection negotiations.”
    • Action point 4.11 (p. 15):
      “The Ministry of the Interior will implement actions at the institutional level to identify the real issues in the prior-consultation process and its effect on human rights. It will also improve such practices allowing for the involvement of the affected population, protecting and respecting the rights of the native, afro-descendant and ethnic minority communities, according to the OIL agreements and the standards of the Inter-American Human Rights System.”
    • Action point 4.12 (p.15):
      “In the year following the Plan’s launching, the Ministry of Mines and Energy will design a strategy to step forward as for the respect for human rights in the mining-energy sector, which will adjust the Principles and Criteria of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to the national needs.”
  • Action point 5.1 (p. 16):

 “The Working Group will coordinate the preparation of a guide intended to define what executing due diligence means; what the practice is, particularly applied to the high risk business activity sectors.”

  • Action point 5.3 (p. 16):

“Promote the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles and other international standards on business and human rights by the trades and the enterprises part thereof, so they may adopt human rights policies. Thus, during the first year of the execution of this Plan, the Council to the President for Human Rights will convene high level meetings with the trades to determine the inclusion goals in the multi-actor initiatives and human rights performance follow-up mechanisms. These actions must be coordinated with the entities of the Working Group, especially with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and in cooperation with the Post-Conflict Directorate.”

  • Action point 5.4 (p. 16):

 “The Council to the President for Human Rights and the Ministry of National Defense will encourage the implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. To that end, they will alternately engage in the areas where such issue is treated.”

  • Action point 5.5 (p. 16):

 “Develop a guide on the increasing human rights risks of the business activities in zones historically affected by the armed conflict. Thus, the Council to the President for Human Rights and the Post-Conflict Directorate will coordinate with the Comprehensive Conflict Prevention and Management System the development of such guide, which must be worked upon in a participatory manner with the enterprises and the civil society. According to the provided period to create the Comprehensive Conflict Prevention and Management System, this action must be carried out within the year following the coming into operation of such system.”

  • Action point 5.6 (p. 17):

 “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism will promote the business efforts to adjust their policies to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, for which purposes it will assess, within six month from the execution of this Plan, its strategy to disseminate the Guidelines so as to make them widely known.”

  • Action point 5.7 (p. 17):

 “The Working Group will assess and analyze the best ways for enterprises to include the reporting of the human rights due diligence in their Sustainability Reports or rendering of accounts. Such assessment will be carried out within the year following the launching of this Plan and accompanied by the several sectors.”

  • Action point 6.1 (p. 18):

 “The Council to the President for Human Rights, within the following year of this Plan being launched, will encourage business to define and publicly disclose their political commitment to respect human rights.”

  • Action point 6.3 (p. 18):

 “The Unit for Care and Integral Repair for Victims, as the coordinator of the National Care and Integral Repair for Victims (SNARIV), jointly with the Post-Conflict Directorate, will develop strategies aiming at getting companies to contribute to the recovery of historical memory for peacebuilding, reconciliation and promotion of human rights and the reconstruction of the fabric of society, wherefore memory and peacebuilding culture initiatives might be created.”

  • Action point 6.4 (p. 18):

 “The Council to the President for Human Rights, the Colombian Agency for Reintegration and the Post-Conflict Directorate will prepare a joint strategy for companies to actively promote major participation of people in the reintegration process into the business field, in the production field, and in the peacebuilding processes.”

  • Action point 6.5 (p. 18):

 “The Working Group will encourage enterprises to exchange their experiences in order to better understand the human rights and peacebuilding management.”

  • Action point 6.6 (p. 18):

 “The Post-Conflict Directorate will hold a public debate on the role and power of business enterprises in peacebuilding.”

  • Action Point VII is dedicated to the State’s promotion and support for implementation of due diligence procedures in business enterprises:
    •  Action point 7.1 (p. 19):
      “The Working Group, advised by the Expert Committee, will encourage discussion fora to determine the best ways for enterprises to establish easy-to-access, transparent and effective complaint and claims offices or mechanisms for prevention and mitigation and remedy of adverse human rights effects as may be caused by their activities.”
    • Action point 7.2 (p. 19):
      “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism will encourage large enterprises to foster and boost their human rights support and guidance efforts for such SME they have business relationships with.”
    • Action point 7.3 (p. 19):
      “The Ministry of Labor will guarantee respect for the labor rights.”
    • Action point 7.4 (p. 19):
      “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism will encourage business enterprises to foster talks with consumers.”
    • Action point 7.5 (p. 19):
      “The Office of the Transparency Secretary of the Presidency of Republic will support the adoption of transparency covenants by enterprises so as to contribute to the corruption struggles in corporate governments, for which purposes a year will be given upon the Plan’s launching.”
    • Action point 7.6 (p. 19):
      “The Working Group will tend towards enterprises, through their complaint offices, receiving and diligently managing the citizen and community claims, as considered to be affected by the adverse effects caused by their operations.”
    • Action point 7.7 (p. 20):
      “The Working Group, advised by the Expert Commission, will encourage companies to have follow-up strategies in place to know about the progress and follow-up to the mitigation of adverse impacts caused by the development of business activities.”
    • Action point 7.8 (p. 20):
      “The Working Group, advised by the Expert Commission, will encourage business enterprises to assess their risks and impacts on people and the environment as a result of their operation.”
  • Action Point VIII is dedicated to the State’s incentives for diligent business enterprises:
    • Action point 8.1 (p. 20):
      “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism will design a differentiated incentive strategy for large, medium and small enterprises with the purpose of having them to implement human rights policies involving:

      • Public commitment
      • Due diligence procedure
      • Result verification mechanism”
    • Action point 8.2 (p. 20):
      “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, supported by the Council to the President for Human Rights, the Post-Conflict Directorate and the National Authority for Environmental Permits, will incentivize the establishment of public-private alliances for the creation of social and environmental quality enterprises, particularly in the scattered rural areas.”
    • Action point 8.3 (p. 20):
      “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, jointly with the Council to the President for Human Rights will create a Human Rights business incentive to be provided every year and to value the advances the business enterprises might have in adopting the international standards on business and human rights in their operations. This incentive regulation will be developed by the Working Group within the year following this Plan’s launching.”
    • Action point 8.4 (p. 21):
      “The Council to the President for Human Rights will publicly disclose on its website the advances and good practices implemented by the enterprises in respect of the human rights implementation in the business field.”
    • Action point 8.5 (p. 21):
      “The Council to the President for Human Rights will coordinate an annual international event with the international community, where business enterprises with the largest progress might show and share their challenges and issues.”
    • Action point 8.6 (p. 21):
      “The Council to the President for Human Rights, jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, will facilitate international exchange among business enterprises for better practices in the implementation of human rights in the business activity.”
    • Action point 8.7 (p. 21):
      “The Post-Conflict Directorate, in cooperation with the Council to the President for Human Rights will identify and recognize the joint work opportunities between the business and the public sectors for development and peacebuilding.”
    • Action point 8.8 (p. 21):
      “The Council to the President for Human Rights will generate cooperation strategies between the State and the enterprises for the implementation of affirmative actions.”
    • Action point 8.9 (p. 21):
      “SENA will boost and disseminate the business enterprises’ support to the processes developed by the State for the workers’ training.”
  • Action point 9.1 (p. 22):

 “The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, jointly with the Council to the President for Human Rights will support the coordination of corporate human rights policies with the Corporate Social Responsibility institutional programs.”

  • Action point 9.3 (p. 22):

 “Increase the recognition of Corporate Social Responsibility and dissemination of good practices by establishing sector platforms for the enterprises and stakeholders to make commitments and jointly supervise progress. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism will supervise this process.”

  • Action point 11.4 (p. 24):

 “The Ministry of Labor and the Public Employment Services will continue to support the talks among workers, unions, enterprises and government for negotiation, as well as the employment mediation and agreement through the mechanisms defined for such purpose.”

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