Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 03/2015

How to enhance labor provisions in IIAs

Rafael Tamayo-Álvarez, Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Juan David Rodriguez-Rios

June 2014

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


Labor provisions in IIAs should focus on corporate activity rather than governmental action. In order to encourage corporations to embrace the highest available international standards, labor provisions in IIAs should make reference to multilateral instruments that entail market-based incentives to promote labor rights on a CSR basis.