The Project 

 

METHODOLOGY

The project seeks to contribute to strengthening human dignity in Central America using a new methodology that revolves around three main areas:

  • Focus on the productive sector and public procurement
  • The project pays particular attention to encouraging responsible business practices, as well as to the government institutions’ acquisition of products and services that comply with social and environmental requirements. In addition, the project contributes to the development of responsible value chains and to the promotion of responsible procurement policies in the region.

  • Building capacities and knowledge resources
  • The project grants priority to the development of useful tools, research and practical guides that enable different actors of society to build capacities and raise awareness on the importance of responsible business practices, and mainly, respect for human rights.

  • Best practices according to international standards
  • The project seeks to encourage the use of international standards as a systematic method to identify weaknesses and areas for improvement in different areas of social responsibility. Special emphasis will be placed on the implementation of the guidelines established by ISO 26 000. This standard constitutes the most complete and approved guide on social responsibility, which was developed based on the input of six interest groups from over 90 countries. CEGESTI was involved in its development as a member of the Costa Rican mirror committee and as a representative of the non-governmental organizations sector in international meetings.

 

INTERESTED ACTORS

Social responsibility and respect for human rights are topics that concern all actors in society; therefore, the project seeks to use different mechanisms with the purpose of integrating productive organizations, public institutions, communities, non-governmental organizations, consumers, universities and media, among others.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Direct support to productive sector organizations and government institutions aimed to build capacities
  • Organization of workshops to analyze experiences
  • Research on specific topics that contribute to dialog generation
  • Disclosure of articles and publications that facilitate the learning and discussion of the topic