On September 24, 2014, President Obama announced that the U.S. government would work with the U.S. private sector and other stakeholders to develop a National Action Plan (NAP) to promote responsible business conduct (RBC) by U.S. companies operating abroad. This effort marks the first time the U.S. government has undertaken a whole-of-government process to focus, improve, and expand its efforts to promote RBC.

RBC is a broad concept based on the idea that businesses can perform well while doing good and that governments should set and facilitate the conditions for RBC to take place. The concept places particular importance on two aspects of the business-society relationship: (1) emphasizing and accentuating the positive contributions businesses can make to economic, environmental, and social progress; and (2) recognizing and avoiding possible adverse impacts of business conduct, as well as addressing them when they occur.

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Responsible Business Conduct: First National Action Plan for the United States of America - The Government of the United States of America, 2016 DOWNLOAD
Memorandum of Understanding
Publications 05 May 2015

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims at creating a cooperation between IndustriALL Global Union and ACT (Action Collaboration Transformation) corporate signatories (“We”) in order to achieve living wages for workers in the global textile a...Read More

Modern Slavery in Company Operation and Supply Chains: Mandatory transparency, mandatory due diligence and public procurement due diligence
Publications 13 September 2017

Modern slavery is everywhere, but cleaning it up is possible. Due diligence and transparency is the key to ending modern slavery in supply chains. The report gives an insight into the growing body of law and practice from international standards t...Read More

Towards the urgent elimination of hazardous child labour
Publications 12 June 2018

This report finds that certain occupational hazards, including exposure to psychological stress and to commonly-used chemicals, are even more serious for children than previously thought. Another key finding is that adolescence, as a period of ph...Read More

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Supermarket Responsibilities for Supply Chain Workers’ Rights – Continuing Challenges in Seafood Supply Chains and the Case for Stronger Supermarket Action
Publications 20 June 2018

International food supply chains provide employment for tens of millions of women and men around the world, demonstrating the potential for private sector actors to fight poverty and inequality. Yet far too many work in appalling conditions. The o...Read More