OECD Watch is an international network of civil society organisations promoting corporate accountability. The purpose of OECD Watch is to inform the wider NGO community about policies and activities of the OECD's Investment Committee and to test the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines
Norwegian civil society organisations are disappointed that the Norwegian government decided not to renew Professor Hans Petter Graver’s mandate as head of the Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines. Norwegian civil society organisations believe this decision involves a serious deterioration of the NCP’s independence and is a result of Professor Graver’s criticism of the Norges Bank Investment Management ‘s (NBIM) poor handling of human rights violations by the companies they invest in.
Equitable Cambodia (EC) and Inclusive Development International (IDI) filed a complaint on behalf of 681 affected families who were forcibly displaced and dispossessed of their land, productive resources and in some cases houses, to make way for a Phnom Penh Sugar Co. Ltd. (PPS) sugar plantation and refinery that was partially financed by ANZ.
The OECD Watch brochure provides a brief overview of the content of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the associated complaint mechanism. The brochure was already available in six languages and has now also been translated into Portuguese.
The June 2014 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.
The Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Guidelines) is considered “highly effective at fulfilling its mandate” in the two and half years since the NCP was restructured into an independent body of experts. This is concluded by its peers from Canada, Colombia, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.