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About OECD Watch

OECD Watch’ key aim is to inform and advise the wider NGO community on how to make use of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (“the Guidelines”) and its associated grievance mechanism to achieve corporate accountability and access to remedy. We are also committed to improving the implementation and effectiveness of the Guidelines through increased global NGO coordination, advocacy with governments and international institutions, and case support to civil society organisations.

The Network 

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. For the full list of member organisations, please see the members page.

Coordination Committee

The network has a Coordination Committee with a diverse regional representation, and is currently made up by SOMO (Netherlands – secretariat), Accountability Counsel (United States), FOCO (Argentina), Green Advocates (Liberia), Jamaa Resources (Kenya), Korean House for International Solidarity (South Korea), MiningWatch Canada (Canada) and PLADES (Peru).

Our work

We undertakes a range of activities, all centered around empowering communities, individuals and workers to use the Guidelines and NCP system to effectively gain access to remedy for corporate misconduct. We are also committed to making sure that the bar on international accountability  standards is raised.  

Policy & advocacy

OECD Watch has a formal relationship with the OECD in respect to the OECD Guidelines. We bring the perspectives and interests of NGOs and communities affected by corporate abuse into policy discussions at the OECD. We monitor and advocate for improved NCP performance and implementation of the Guidelines. We also develop policy advice on a wide range of social, environmental and economic topics related to international investment and business activity, including on the formulation and  implementation of the OECDs sectorial due diligence guidance.

Example: OECD Watch provided the civil society input into the 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines. This led to the inclusion of a new chapter on human rights  and strengthened provisions on supply chain responsibility and greenhouse gas emissions.

Capacity building & case support

We provide capacity building workshops, as well as advice and support to civil society organisations and victims of corporate abuse. We also help to file complaints with NCPs. We advise civil society and victims throughout the entire complaint process on how to interpret and use the Guidelines to seek remedy and hold corporations to account.

Example: OECD Watch assisted former Heineken factory workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to file a Guidelines complaint against the Dutch beer brewer for unjustly dismissing them. The complaint resulted in Heineken paying the former workers US$ 2 million in compensation in 2017.

Research & analysis

We research and analyse various aspects of the implementation, effectiveness and impact of the Guidelines. We maintain an online database of all NCP complaints  filed by NGOs with information and analysis related to case outcomes. This means that we are well placed to advise and assist victims of corporate abuse.

Example: OECD Watch regularly produces research reports such as Remedy Remains Rare, which analysed the effectiveness of the NCP system in providing victims of corporate misconduct with effective access to remedy.


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