At this year's 42nd Annual G7 Summit in Japan, G7 leaders failed to address their previous commitments towards responsible business conduct. Civil society criticizes this omission and calls on the G7 to back their expressed commitment with six immediate actions.
The Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) and OECD Watch are currently consulting on their joint NCP Performance Index, which they have developed with a view to changing the status quo and creating pressure for positive change.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, OECD Watch publishes a “4 x 10” bullet-point plan highlighting four key features that give the Guidelines the potential to help ensure businesses behave responsibly. It also includes ten actions that governments must take to unlock that potential and to advance their legally binding obligations to further the effectiveness of the Guidelines
40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - TUAC and OECD Watch Launch 40-day Count-Up
TUAC and OECD Watch have today started a 40-day count-up to mark the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and are calling on governments and the OECD to step up measures to ensure businesses respect the Guidelines, so that the Guidelines fulfil their potential to defend communities’ and workers' rights.
In its new report "Obstacle Course: How the UK’s National Contact Point handles human rights complaints under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises" Amnesty International UK exposes OECD Guidelines as a system that is not fit for purpose as it lets companies off the hook when human rights abuses are alleged against them. The NCP’s treatment of complaints, the report says, is inconsistent, unreliable, biased towards businesses and out of kilter with the standards it is supposed to uphold.
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 seven languages and has now also been translated into Arabic and Burmese.
On 5 November, the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding officially launched its brochure ‘International Standards for responsible business in conflict-affected and fragile environments’.
Allegations of corporate wrongdoing lodged under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises over the past 15 years almost never resulted in companies being held accountable, OECD Watch's new analysis of cases has found.
The June 2015 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.
OECD Watch and Equitable Cambodia are pleased to invite you to the public seminar Promoting Responsible Corporate Conduct in the Greater Mekong region: Using the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as a tool for corporate accountability, held 8 May 2015 in Phnom Penh.
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.