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  • Action point 1.8 (p. 11):

 “The national entities part of the Subsystem for Economic, Social, Cultural and Environment Rights (DESCA), and the competent territorial entities will provide the necessary information to the Observatory of the Council to the President for Human Rights, for the consolidation of socio-political documents, as useful for public and private enterprises to identify human rights risks in the operations zones, and manage actions for prevention and mitigation. The Observatory will provide such information, once compiled, to entities encouraging foreign investments in the country, as well as other institutions to which such information may be useful.”

  • Action point 2.6 (p. 13):

 “The Ministry of Environment, jointly with the National Authority for Environmental Permits, will strengthen the existence of respect for human rights requirements regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment of companies, and the Business Social Risk Management and Human Rights Plans.”

  • 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 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 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 7.7 (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 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 8.3 (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 9.2 (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 9.4 (p. 22):

“With the purposes of improving trust levels within enterprises, and follow up to such levels, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism will lead and organize the performance of surveys on public trust in business. Such surveys will include questions to find out about the people’s perception of how business enterprises respect human rights and of the remediation mechanisms provided by them.”

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