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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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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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Submission to the joint meeting of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct and the NCPs

Submission to the joint meeting of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct and the NCPs
December 2015 J. Wilde Ramsing, V. Sandjojo, K.M.G Genovese

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.

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OECD Guidelines apply to responsible business in conflict settings

November 2015

On 5 November, the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding officially launched its brochure ‘International Standards for responsible business in conflict-affected and fragile environments’.

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Joint statement calling for an effective peer review programme and adequately equipped NCPs

Joint statement calling for an effective peer review programme and adequately equipped NCPs
October 2015

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.

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