Colombia – Human rights due diligence



Indeed, for a company, observing Responsible Business Conduct standards and implementing due diligence in its response to the Covid-19 crisis will help ensure that its business decisions avoid and address potential adverse impacts on people and the planet, including in its supply chain. Those companies that take proactive steps to address Covid-19 risks in a way that mitigates adverse impacts on workers and supply chains are more likely to generate greater long-term value and resilience.




… the specific objectives that will develop the general objective mentioned above are the following:


  • Encourage the adoption and appropriation of corporate due diligence processes to strengthen respect for human rights and eventual remediation of adverse impacts.



i. Fundamental Pillar 1: The State’s obligation to protect human rights

Strand 9 [Eje nº 9]: The state as economic actor


  • The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit will adopt commitments to respect human rights and good reporting practices (GRI methodology) to monitor company performance.


ii. Fundamental Pillar 2: The duty of business to respect human rights


Strand 2 [Eje nº 2]: Promoting corporate human rights due diligence

  • The business associations will provide training opportunities aimed at promoting due diligence in the development of business activities. This will be done through the dissemination of the OECD Guidelines described in chapter IV “International Standards”.
  • The Presidential Advisory Office for Human Rights and International Affairs, together with business associations, will be responsible for promoting responsible supply chain management in the area of human rights, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • The Presidential Advisory Office for Human Rights and International Affairs will disseminate methodologies, tools and recommendations to inform corporate human rights due diligence processes.
  • The Procurement Agency [Colombia Compra Eficiente] will disseminate the due diligence framework established by the entity in the Guide for Socially Responsible Public Procurement within state entities.