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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


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A “4x10” plan for why and how to unlock the potential of the OECD Guidelines

June 2016

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

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40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - TUAC and OECD Watch Launch 40-day Count-Up

May 2016

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.

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Submission for U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

Submission for U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct
April 2016

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.

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Amnesty International exposes the OECD Guidelines as a system not fit for purpose

February 2016

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.

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OECD Watch brochure on OECD Guidelines now available in Arabic and Burmese

February 2016

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.

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