Responsible Business

Our aim is to diminish negative impact of businesses on society, in particular on the human rights of citizens and workers. We also work to strengthen the contribution of businesses to promote human rights.

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Responsible Business

Businesses nowadays have a major impact on economic development in developing countries. ICCO experiences that companies can be instrumental in achieving justice, equality and inclusive development. In order to become a driving force of fair economic development and social progress, businesses must work simultaneously to identity and mitigate risks on one hand, while maximizing shared value generation and aiming for systemic change on the other. 

How to achieve Corporate Social Responsibility?

ICCO makes businesses aware of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to respect human rights in their activities and supports businesses in their efforts to map human rights-violations, to solve and to prevent them. The government in the Netherlands and the government in developing countries play a key role. ICCO advocates at governments for laws, rules and enforcement, as well as for awareness of violations and the duty of governments to protect their citizens.

Inform, engage and support

Local communities and indigenous groups are at the heart of our efforts. Often it's they who suffer the most from human rights violations, for example in cases of land grabbing, labor issues or environmental pollution. ICCO informs these people on their rights and supports them in a constructive dialogue with businesses and governments. We also engage with businesses to help them increase their efforts for meaningful stakeholder dialogue with local communities.

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Roadmap for SME's

Roadmap Doing Responsible BusinessDownload the Roadmap: Doing Responsible Business

This document contains a practical roadmap for implementing the United
Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) for owners
and managers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Sustainable Development Goals

Decent work and economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and infrastructureReduces InequalitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionPartnership for the goals

    Food Security

    • Smallholder farmers produce or have access to adequate and healthy food for household consumption and markets.


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    Economic Empowerment

    Smallholders move beyond subsistence farming to sustainable agri-food production for inclusive markets.  

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    Humanitarian Aid

    Disaster preparedness, life-saving aid and rehabilitation after an emergency through local organizations.


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