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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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Groups File Complaint With State Department Against Three American Companies Named in UN Report

August 2004

Three American companies are being accused of fueling civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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OECD Guidelines Workshop for Brazilian NGOs

August 2004

Red Puentes and OECD Watch organized a workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, about CSR and monitoring multinational enterprises in Brazil.

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OECD Watch Review of National Contacts Points for the OECD Guidelines 2003/2004

OECD Watch Review of National Contacts Points for the OECD Guidelines 2003/2004
June 2004 J. Oldenziel

This is the second annual report by OECD WATCH, which reviews the performance of the National Contact Points for the OECD Guidelines (NCPs)2. It covers the period June 2003 – June 2004. The NGO reports indicate that some excellent promotional work is going on and that some NCPs have made outstanding efforts through innovative websites to highlight the work on the Guidelines. A few NCPs should also be commended for engaging in regular dialogue with all stakeholders about the ethical dilemmas that confront responsible companies in the globalised economy. Task forces, working groups or other advisory bodies tend to improve the work of the NCP. But these positive aspects are offset by the increasing use of procedural devices by some NCPs to disallow complaints

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RAID Public Version Report June 2004

May 2004

The work of the UN Panel of Experts on the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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Unanswered Questions

Unanswered Questions
March 2004

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is emerging from a devastating five-year war that is estimated to have cost the lives of more than three million people. Multinational corporations have been accused of helping to perpetuate the war and of profiteering from it. In a series of reports documenting the links between business, resource exploitation and conflict in the DRC, a UN Panel of Experts listed companies considered to be in violation of international business norms such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The UN reports raised the expectation that governments would hold to account those companies that were responsible for misconduct in the DRC. To date, there have been few signs of a response.

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