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Guiding Principle 3

Measure 3

“The Monitoring Committee, referred to in chapter IV of this Plan, in collaboration with the State Council for Corporate Social Responsibility (CERSE), will periodically evaluate if the laws and regulations to which the Guiding Principle 3 refers are appropriate.”

Measure 4

“The Regulations will be implemented and the Directives will be transposed, and the adaptation of the Spanish legal system to the Recommendations and the Opinions made by the EU regarding the Guiding Principles will be studied. This, will be done taking into account the reports published by the European Commission on the legal framework for human rights and the environment applicable to European companies operating outside the EU (2010), and on responsible management of the supply chain (2011) and other relevant reports.”

Measure 7

“In parallel, the Government, in collaboration with independent and specialized institutions with accredited experience in human rights matters where conflicts of interest do not arise, will collaborate in the creation and consolidation of on-site training programs and will promote the inclusion of specific contents on human rights in the training activities of business organizations and of the Public Administration.”

Measure 8

“The Government will collaborate with other governments in the development of training materials and tools.”

Measure 9

“The Government will train the personnel of the State Foreign Service, in accordance with Law 2/2014, of March 25, of the Action and of State the Foreign Service, as well as to the agencies in charge of the internationalization of business abroad about the responsibility of companies to respect human rights and due diligence and redress procedures, and will incorporate the Guiding Principles into the Annual Plans for External Action and the Brand Spain. Likewise, through its Diplomatic Missions, Permanent Representations and respective Sectorial Offices, especially the Economic and Commercial Offices, as well as through the Consular Offices, Technical Cooperation Offices and Training Centers of Spanish Cooperation AECID abroad, will disseminate tools and guidelines according to the characteristics of each country.”

Guiding Principle 4

Measure 1

“Within one year after the approval of this Plan, a Working Group will be created within the framework of the Strategic Plan for the Internationalization of the Spanish Economy, which will develop a specific Action Plan to examine the coherence of policies to support business internationalization, and its alignment with the Guiding Principles. The Working Group, which will present its conclusions to the Government, will study how cooperation for development, official credit agencies, export credit and official insurance or investment guarantee agencies of all administrations are able to condition, modulate or revise its support for investment based on the exercise of the responsibility to respect human rights by the beneficiary companies, both inside and outside of Spanish territory.”

Guiding Principle 8

Measure 1

“The Ministries of the Treasury and Public Function; Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Economy, Industry and Competitiveness; Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda will train and provide support on the Guiding Principles through their dependent agencies, to departments, government agencies and other state institutions that encourage and support the creation of businesses, business competitiveness and commercial and financial business practices in order to promote the coherence of policies and processes with the Guiding Principles and the international standards of human rights mandatory for Spain.”

Measure 2

“The Government will distribute the National Business and Human Rights Plan among civil servants and public employees through its publication in electronic and paper format.”

Guiding Principle 10

Measure 5

“Spain will promote the European Union, international organizations and international financial institutions of which Spain is member to share best practices with a view to encourage policy coherence and technical assistance to member states where requested.”

Guiding Principle 26

Measure 1

The Government, through the policy of cooperation for development, will support the efforts of third-party States in favor of strengthening the independence of the judiciary.

IV Monitoring and Update

“The Government will create a Plan Monitoring Commission within the quarter after its approval. This Follow-up Commission will be composed of the Ministry of the Presidency; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; the Ministry of Employment and Social Security; the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda; the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness; the Ministry of the Treasury and Public Function; the Ministry of Justice; and the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. The Commission may decide to include other Ministries in its meetings. Each Ministry will appoint one or more representatives to attend the meetings. When these Ministries are represented in the State Council for Corporate Social Responsibility, the same person must hold the representation in both bodies in order to maintain the maximum connection between them. The decisions will be made by consensus.

An annual meeting with the Permanent Commission of the State Council for Corporate Social Responsibility will be requested to promote coherence in the activities of both organisations.”

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