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
On the 13th of December 2010 the OECD has signed a partnership agreement with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to help companies make greater use of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework, bringing increased coherence and consistency to their efforts to act more responsibly and be more transparent about their sustainability.
In November 2010 the U.S. Department of State has held consultations on its Review of the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Issues for review include the adequacy of the current structure and practices of the U.S. NCP and the changes that should be made to enhance its functioning. OECD Watch, as well as other civil society groups, has provided input into the review process.
In an interview with Dr Wayne Visser, CEO of CSR International, OECD Watch member Joris Oldenziel reflects on the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The interview was conducted at the 4th annual ACCSR conference in Melbourne on 19 February 2010.
In its latest report "10 Years On: Assessing the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to responsible business conduct" OECD Watch has analysed the implementation and effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines over the past ten years and made an analysis of cases filed by NGOs against corporations alleging violations of the OECD Guidelines. The French and Spanish translations of this report are now available!
The International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs (ICC) Working Group on Business and Human Rights will host a panel event on the current review of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Tricia Feeney from OECD Watch member RAID will be a panellist in this event, together with Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the Working Party for the Review, Claire Methven O’Brien from the ICC Working Group on Business and Human Rights and a speaker from the UK NCP.