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
2017 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor
Publications 20 September 2018

The Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000, is the most comprehensive research product on the state of child labor worldwide. This year, the report uses more stringent criteria to assess the effo...Read More

TAGS: Global
UK Modern Slavery Helpline: Annual Assessment 2017
Publications 16 April 2018

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Publications 31 May 2018

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TAGS: Asia
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Publications 20 November 2017

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