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OECD Watch is a global network of civil society organisations with more than 100 members in 55 countries. We are made up of a diverse range of organisations – from human rights to environmental and development organisations, from grassroots groups to large, international NGOs. We are bound together by our commitment to ensure that business activity contributes to sustainable development and poverty eradication; that corporations are held accountable for their actions around the globe; that governments fulfil their duty to protect human rights; and that the victims of business-related abuse receive remedy.


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Submission to the UN Working Group: Gender Lens to the UNGPs

Submission to the UN Working Group: Gender Lens to the UNGPs
October 2018 J. Wilde Ramsing, M.G. Ingrams

Women face unique and disproportionate negative impacts from corporate misconduct. Women also face unique barriers to accessing remedy for corporate harms. Businesses have a responsibility to address these gendered impacts, including through undertaking due diligence with a “gender lens.” Additionally, grievance mechanisms and their staff must adopt procedures to mitigate the barriers women face in securing remedy. The 2018 OECD Due Diligence Guidance, and this OECD Watch submission, offer suggestions to businesses and grievance mechanisms to help them undertake gendered due diligence and better enable women’s access to remedy.

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Implementation of recommendations to strengthen upcoming peer review processes

Implementation of recommendations to strengthen upcoming peer review processes
October 2018 J. Wilde Ramsing

Over the past nine years, OECD Watch and its members have participated in the National Contact Point (NCP) Peer Review Process, which seeks to encourage improvement of individual NCPs as well as functional equivalence between all NCPs. The peer review initiative has great potential to strengthen the NCP grievance mechanism. Unfortunately, OECD Watch continues to observe serious gaps and shortcomings in the process and review template itself that hinder achievement of meaningful improvements and greater functional equivalence. As a result of this fact, many civil society members have lost confidence in the process. This loss of confidence is driving civil society away from seeing NCPs as an effective body for encouraging responsible business conduct, jeopardizing the legitimacy and effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines as a whole.

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Recommendations to strengthen the substantiated submission process

Recommendations to strengthen the substantiated submission process
October 2018 J. Wilde Ramsing

In November 2017, OECD Watch filed the first-ever substantiated submission to the OECD Investment Committee (IC) addressing the Australian government’s application, through its National Contact Point, of the OECD Guidelines’ Procedural Guidance to a particular specific instance. In the intervening months, OECD Watch has engaged in the review process undertaken by the Investment Committee and its Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (WPRBC). While we appreciate the rigor with which the review has been undertaken, we are concerned by several shortcomings with the review procedures. To resolve these shortcomings and ensure an equitable, transparent, and predictable process in future, this statement proposes that the IC implement several reforms to the substantiated submission procedures.

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The Australian NCP’s new rules of procedure: concerns remain despite improvements

August 2018

Following a public consultation, on 18 July 2018 the Australian NCP published new rules of procedures on complaint handling. While several of civil society’s recommendations have been adopted, many more have not been addressed.

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Statement from OECD Watch and MiningWatch Canada regarding the Canadian NCP’s improper handling of the OECD Guidelines specific instance Bruno Manser Fonds vs Sakto Group

July 2018

This statement highlights OECD Watch and MiningWatch Canada's concerns with the Canadian NCP's improper handling of the BMF vs Sakto Group specific instance.

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