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
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.
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.