At this years 42nd Annual G7 Summit in Japan, G7 leaders failed to address their previous commitments towards responsible business conduct. In contrast to the June 2015 Leaders Declaration following last years summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany, commitments to improve responsible supply chains and access to remedy were notably omitted from the agenda. Given the vital need for G7 leaders to elaborate on how they will work to ensure responsible supply chains and better apply internationally-recognized labour, social and environmental standards, civil society criticizes this omission and calls on the G7 to back their expressed commitment with six immediate actions.
This briefing provides a “4 x 10” bullet-point plan highlighting four key features that give the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 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 OECD Guidelines.
As a member of OECD Watch and the U.S. NCP’s Stakeholder Advisory Board, we are encouraged by its recent efforts to improve clarity around the specific instance process,2 engage with various stakeholders, including U.S. embassies, and respond to many of the recommendations contained in the Board’s 2014 report.3 We also commend the U.S. Department of State for allocating additional staff and resources to the U.S. NCP. However, the U.S. NCP still falls short from realizing its obligations. Despite many recent positive changes, it fails to keep step with its counterparts abroad, implement best practice, and provide meaningful and effective access to remedy.
Submission to the joint meeting of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct and the NCPs
Submission of OECD Watch to the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (WPRBC) and the NCPs. The submission provides input for the WPRBC's discussions on seven subjects: on addressing the functioning, performance and impact of NCPs, on a concept note on the General Guidance on Risk-Based Due Diligence for RBC, on a proactive agenda for the implementation of guidance on agricultural supply chains and meaningful stakeholder engagement in the extractive sector, on the 2016 OECD Global Forum on RBC, on the adherence of Ukraine to the investment declaration, on the accession of Latvia to the OECD and to substantial structural funding needed for OECD RBC unit work on NCP-related issues.
In a joint statement, BIAC, TUAC, and OECD Watch call upon the OECD to provide the resources necessary to fund an effective peer review programme. They also call upon governments of all adhering countries to ensure that their NCPs are adequately equipped and staffed, so that they can fulfill their objectives, as set out in the OECD Guidelines.