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
Today, two hundred and seven families from Sre Ambel District in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia whose land was forcibly seized for a sugar plantation and factory have turned to the U.S. Government to help mediate the longrunning dispute with the exclusive purchaser of the tainted sugar, Yonkers, New York-based American Sugar Refining (ASR). The villagers seek the U.S. Government’s assistance in settling a land dispute that has caused severe economic and social impacts to hundreds of families since powerful and well-connected companies and politicians confiscated their land through two controversial Economic Land Concessions in 2006.
Groups File OECD Guidelines’ Complaint Against Korean Steel Giant POSCO And Financing Pension Funds For Environmental And Human Rights Concerns In India
Orissa, India, 9 October 2012 – Lok Shakti Abhiyan, an Indian organization representing a broad civil society movement and supporting coalitions in S. Korea, Netherlands, and Norway filed complaints with the S. Korean, Dutch, and Norwegian governments today. The complaint concerns POSCO’s failure to seek to prevent human rights abuses and carry out comprehensive human rights and environmental studies for its proposed iron mine and steelworks plant in the State of Odisha, India in violation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines).
OECD Watch welcomes Denmark’s strengthened NCP: the New Mediation and Complaints Mechanism, with a mandate to investigate allegations and make recommendations
In June 2012 the Danish Parliament passed legislation with the objective of creating a new mediation and complaints institution for responsible business behavior in Denmark. This new body will replace the old and much criticized National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines (NCP). This week the Danish government announced the establishment of the new mechanism, which will consist of an independent body with 5 members, headed by Mads Øvlisen, former head of the Danish Council for CSR and former CEO of Novo Nordisk. The other expert members have a diverse business, labour, NGO and academic background.
French OECD Office Condemns Trade of Products issued from Child Labor as Flagrant Violation of OECD Guidelines
On Friday, 21 September 2012, the French National Contact Point (NCP) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) produced its final statement in the Devcot Case, related to the use of forced labor of children and adults for harvesting cotton in Uzbekistan. The NCP held that the trade in goods produced from forced child labor constitutes a flagrant violation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises but states French firm Devcot S.A. does not supply in violation of the OECD Guidelines
Complaint Seeks Resettlement and Just Compensation from Royal Dutch Shell and UK Banks for damage caused by Sakhalin II Oil and Gas Project
Today residents living adjacent to a highly polluting liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) plant and oil and gas export terminals on Sakhalin Island, Russia, filed a complaint against Royal Dutch Shell and three of the largest UK banks: Royal Bank of Scotland (“RBS”), Standard Chartered, and Barclays, for their failure to adhere to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (“OECD”) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the “Guidelines”).