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
SHERPA (France), the Center for Trade Policy and Development (Zambia), the Berne Declaration (Switzerland), l’Entraide Missionnaire (Canada) and Mining Watch (Canada) have filed a complaint today against Glencore International AG and First Quantum Minerals Ltd before the Swiss and Canadian National Contact Points (NCP) for violating the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises. The cause for the complaint lies in the financial and accounting manipulations performed by the two companies’ subsidiary, Mopani Copper Mines Plc (MCM), in order to evade taxation in Zambia.
The March 2011 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.
In December 2009 a coalition of labour unions, NGOs and labour support groups filed a complaint against Swiss undergarment manufacturer Triumph International for carrying out massive layoffs without consulting unions in Thailand and the Philippines. Despite the willingness of the complainants to engage in mediation, the Swiss NCP has unexpectedly terminated efforts to mediate between the company and Thai and Philippine complainants. The Clean Clothes Campaign and complainants criticise the way how the Swiss NCP has handled the complaint.
On 24 January 2011 Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) and Liberia-based Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)/Friends of the Earth Liberia have filed a complaint against ArcelorMittal at the Dutch NCP for breaching the OECD Guidelines with regard to its management of its County Social Development Fund (CSDF).
Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth file OECD Guidelines complaint againt Royal Dutch Shell
On 25 January 2011 Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth filed a complaint at the Dutch and UK NCP against Royal Dutch Shell for breaching the OECD Guidelines by making false, misleading and incomplete statements about incidents of sabotage to its operations in the Niger Delta and the sources of pollution in the region.