Responsible Business Practices 



This component strives to strengthen the productive organizations’ technical and managerial competencies, enabling the implementation of business practices that respect the environment and human rights.

Organizations / Companies


Standards and Initiatives:

  • Global Compact

  • The Global Compact is a voluntary initiative of the United Nations launched in 1999, which companies are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in four areas: human rights, labor standards, environment and anti-corruption. By number of participants, six thousand in over 135 countries, the Global Compact is the largest corporate citizenship Initiative worldwide. The Global Compact is a framework of action for building the social legitimacy of corporations and markets. Those companies that adhere to the Global Compact share the conviction that business practices based on universal principles contribute to building a global market more stable, equitable and inclusive societies that promote prosperous. CEGESTI is part of the Global Compact Network in Costa Rica.

  • ISO 26000

  • The guide ISO 26000:2010 is an international document that aims to support organizations of all types and sector contribute to sustainable development. Encourages that the organizations go beyond legal compliance but recognizes that legal compliance is a fundamental obligation for any organization and an essential part of their social responsibility. It promotes a common understanding of social responsibility and complements other instruments and initiatives related to the subject without replacement. Although is not a standard oriented to the certification, if is intended to guide organizations on the field of social responsibility. Set as core subjects of social responsibility, the organizational governance, human rights, labour practices, environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues and community involvement and development, all within the framework of the principles of social responsibility, transparency, ethical behavior, respect for stakeholders interests, respect for the rule of law, respect for international norms of behavior and human rights. CEGESTI maintained a presence on the national committees for the creation of ISO 26000, and in the plenary sessions that led to approve internationally the guide. CEGESTI is part of the national committee of social responsibility for the maintenance of this standard and others associated with its management, and is a founding member of the Advisory Council on Social Responsibility of Costa Rica.

  • SA 8000

  • The standard SA 8000:2008 is a document created by Social Accountability International- SAI. Nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, implementation and monitoring of the social accountability standards verifiable and voluntarias.SA 8000 is the first certifiable standard addressed to decent work, applies to all industrial sectors. It is based on OIT conventions and on the instruments of international human rights of the United Nations. The standard creates a common language to assess the social performance of the organizations through the adoption of policies and procedures that protect fundamental human rights of workers and including the issues of child labour, forced labour, health and safety work, freedom of association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration and social management systems.

  • OHSAS 18001

  • It is an international voluntary standard that defines requirements for the implementation and structuring of a Management System of the Health and Occupational Safety. This standard seeks through a systematic and structured management ensure improved health and safety at work, taking into account the views of various stakeholders. Its main objective is to prevent and control risks in the workplace and ensure that the continuous improvement process allows to minimize or eliminate the risks.

  • Performance standards of the IFC/World Bank

  • The International Finance Corporation (IFC) seeks that the activities that funds directly or indirectly in developing countries have positive results in terms of development. The IFC believes that an important component to achieve positive development outcomes is the environmental and social sustainability of these activities.IFC promotes that the activities, advices or trainings associated, meet with the performance standards of the IFC-2012. These standards cover issues such as evaluation and management of environmental and social impacts, work and labour conditions, efficiency in resource use and pollution prevention, health and safety of the community, land acquisition and involuntary resettlement, biodiversity and natural resources, indigenous peoples and cultural heritage. The focus of improvement of social and environmental is based on risks and outcomes, such that organizations are able to anticipate and avoid adverse impacts on workers, communities and the environment, in turn increasing organizational sustainability. Financial institutions that adopt the standards of IFC to social and environmental risk assessment, ensure through the due diligence, monitoring and supervision, the compliance of the activities of organizations.


  • Methodology

  • In order to contribute to the creation of capacities to ensure respect for human rights and decent work in the productive sector of Central America, CEGESTI proposes an integral strategy with specific actions addressing key stakeholders.
    As part of this integral strategy, a methodology has been designed and will be validated to support the productive organizations (small and medium sized companies as well as producer associations) to improve their bussiness practices in order to comply with social and environmental requirements; in particular human rights and decent work.
    The methodology recognizes the potential risk of productive activities for non compliance. It is based on seven stages:

  • Practical tools