OECD Watch submission to the Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, in relation to the agenda of its forthcoming meeting on the 14 of October 2013.
Text of oral intervention of OECD Watch at the introductory exchange for interested stakeholders with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights held 20 January 2012 in Geneva.
OECD Watch welcomes the recent update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. This submission is a supplement to the OECD Watch May 2011 statement on the update. The earlier statement details the improvements and shortcomings of the “new” OECD Guidelines. This submission outlines OECD Watch’s vision for effective implementation and enforcement of the updated Guidelines, and elaborates on recent developments among NCPs.
The updated OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, adopted on 25 May 2011, introduce important new provisions on human rights, workers and wages, and climate change. OECD Watch's “Statement on the update of the Guidelines” nevertheless concludes that procedural shortcomings remain, and therefore the Guidelines potential to become an effective and credible instrument for corporate accountability remains in question.
Report from the Capacity Building Seminar held 4-6 November 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.