Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Objectives in the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean

This report is part of the work that has been developed by the EU-LAC Foundation with the aim of promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as one of the main topics in the bi-regional dialogue between the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Specifically, one of the objectives is to report on the progress in the development of National Action Plans (NAP), on issues of CSR and Human Rights and Business, promoted in the Declarations of the Summits of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC), held in Santiago de Chile in 2013 and Brussels in 2015. On that occasion, the fundamental guidelines for the development of policies that promote CSR, the importance of social action by companies, social dialogue, and the preparation of these plans to promote good business conduct were elaborated. 

The report includes an Executive Summary, which contains the main results of the study. The rest of the document is organised as follows: Section 1 presents the objectives and methodology of the research, a mapping of CSR promotion networks in both regions and describes the entities and organizations that are part of the bi-regional working group. Section 2 presents the most interesting results and findings of the analysis carried out for Latin America and the Caribbean, making some comparisons and comments with respect to the studied countries of the European Union. Sections 3 to 7 include the results of the analysis of the dimensions examined for each subregion of the study: Southern Cone, Andean Region, Central America, Caribbean and European Union.