Summary

  • The U.S. government’s commitment to responsible business conduct (RBC) shapes global standards to ensure that rights are respected around the world and companies benefit by doing business responsibly.
  • The RBC team provides guidance, promotion and support for responsible business practices, engaging the private sector, labor groups, non-governmental organizations, and other governments. The RBC team coordinates the following awards and programs:
  • Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence recognizes U.S. companies that uphold high standards as responsible members of their communities for nearly 20 years.
  • The U.S. National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct is a dispute resolution and mediation resource that can assist companies and stakeholders when responsible business conduct issues arise in a company’s operations.
  • The Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) is a group of private and public sector stakeholders that meet to advise the U.S. government on international economic issues and their impact on the United States.

Guidance and Support for Responsible Business

The Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) team provides guidance, promotion and support for responsible business practices, engaging the private sector, labor groups, non-governmental organizations, and other governments, based on international best practices.The RBC team advances responsible business conduct through the OECD and the Secretary’s annual Award for Corporate Excellence, and houses the U.S. National Contact Point, which offers a dispute resolution mechanism under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.  By helping U.S. companies promote human rights, respect for rule of law, sustainability, and investments in local communities, governments and consumers around the world seek U.S. products, services, and investments. RBC Factsheet»

Managing Adverse Risks to Women in Supply Chains: Recommended Actions for Companies

This is a set of recommendations for companies to strengthen respect for women’s rights while addressing adverse risks to businesses in their supply chains.  Companies have important roles in addressing the unique risks and challenges women face within complex supply chains.  Businesses should take steps to identify, prevent, mitigate, and remedy human rights abuses of women and girls that businesses cause or contribute to, or are directly linked to through their activities.  Empowering women and girls is the best way to achieve positive economic and inclusive social development outcomes.

Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

The Secretary of State’s annual Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) recognizes and honors U.S. companies that uphold high standards as responsible members of their communities and represent American values in the way they do business in their overseas operations.

U.S. National Contact Point

The U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines helps promote awareness on issues such as labor rights, human rights, anti-corruption, supply chain due diligence, and more.  The U.S. National Point of Contact team offers a dispute resolution and mediation mechanism that can assist companies, labor groups, and NGOs when issues arise related to implementing responsible business conduct in a company’s operations.

U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On December 16, 2016, the U.S. government launched the first National Action Plan on RBC. The NAP reflects the government’s commitment to promoting human rights and fighting corruption through partnerships with domestic and international stakeholders. An important part of this commitment includes encouraging companies to embrace high standards for responsible business conduct.

 

Melike Yetken explains in French the role of the U.S. NCP and how stakeholders can use the resource effectively to deal with responsible business conduct issues connected to U.S. companies working abroad. English Transcript»

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