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Inter-American Juridical Committee - April 2014

Inter-American Juridical Committee adopts report and guidelines on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Field of Human Rights and the Environment in the Americas

On March 13, 2014, during its 84th regular session, the Inter-American Juridical Committee adopted a report on “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Field of Human Rights and the Environment in the Americas”, document CJI/doc.449/14.rev1.

This second report on the issue reviews regional initiatives, including resolutions of the Organization of American States and Inter-American Conferences, surveys differences among domestic laws, and presents an analysis of corporate practice in light of decisions by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

It is worth noting that the Committee also adopted a set of "Guiding principles for member states" which seek to strengthen progress made by the region, hoping to be able to help overcome existing obstacles and weaknesses. Stemming from a mandate from the Committee itself, this guide is based on a variety of instruments adopted at the hemispheric and international levels, and includes the specificities of the region and the conclusions of the report.

The report adopted through resolution CJI/RES. 205 (LXXXIV-O/14) supplements a preliminary document prepared in August 2013 –document CJI/doc.436/13– which explains the situation with corporate social responsibility in the region. The body of case law gathered by the Committee in these documents reflects the information conveyed by Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and the United States regarding their existing domestic legislation in the matter, included court decisions deemed relevant.

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