OECD Watch’s vision is that all business is conducted in a way that respects human rights.
To achieve our vision, OECD Watch’s mission is three-fold:
- To increase the effectiveness and reach of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) as a standard for corporate conduct and tool for accountability;
- To strengthen National Contact Points (NCPs) so that they are accessible, impartial, and equipped to provide meaningful access to remedy for victims of corporate harms; and
- To build the capacity of civil society organisations to use the OECD Guidelines and complaint mechanism to secure remedy for communities, workers, and individuals negatively impacted by business conduct.
Theory of Change
OECD Watch believes that multinational corporations must be held accountable for adverse impacts they cause, contribute to, or are linked to, and that remedy must be accessible to victims of corporate misconduct. Until governments enact binding rules for responsible business conduct, OECD Watch believes the OECD Guidelines and NCP complaint system have the potential to strengthen corporate accountability and access to remedy for victims. This potential will only be realized if the grievance system is strengthened. Acknowledging the discontent amongst civil society over the utility of the OECD’s grievance system, OECD Watch will strive to strengthen the legitimacy and reach of the OECD Guidelines and accompanying procedural guidance, the accessibility and effectiveness of the NCPs, and the capacity of civil society to use the system to secure remedy for victims of corporate abuse.