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OECD Watch’s online case database contains information on OECD Guidelines cases raised by civil society organisations at National Contact Points. The database contains relevant information about the cases, including the complaint, supporting documents, letters and statements. Some of the information and documentation in the database is sensitive and/or confidential and has been given to OECD Watch in confidence that it will not be distributed further.  OECD Watch strives to ensure that the information in this database is reliable, but ultimately OECD Watch is not responsible for the content. OECD Watch is willing to correct or remove any information that is factually inaccurate. For questions about which documents contain sensitive information, please contact the individuals directly involved in the case.


This database has been built by SOMO with the support of Red Puentes, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and the Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED). The database is maintained and updated by SOMO, with financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The Dutch NCP finds that Shell bases statements on oil spills on flawed investigation

The Dutch NCP finds that Shell bases statements on oil spills on flawed investigation

Jun 19, 2013

The Dutch NCP issued a final statement in the OECD Guidelines complaint against Shells in which it finds that Shell’s statements on the oil spills were based on flawed investigations and disputed evidence. The NCP furthermore found that Shell’s general communication with stakeholders about the percentage of oil spills caused by sabotage was flawed. Complainants nevertheless regret that the NCP did not comment on whether Shell’s failures constituted a breach of the Guidelines nor made a full assessment of the evidence provided or an investigation whether Shell’s statements were indeed misleading.

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Complaint filed against C&A, KiK and Karl Rieker relating to Bangladesh factory fire

Complaint filed against C&A, KiK and Karl Rieker relating to Bangladesh factory fire

May 16, 2013

Uwe Kekeritz and other complainants hold three German companies partially responsible for the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh.

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Dutch NCP publishes preliminary and joint statement in POSCO/ ABP case

Dutch NCP publishes preliminary and joint statement in POSCO/ ABP case

Mar 19, 2013

The Dutch NCP has published its preliminary statement in the POSCO case. This case sets an important precedent regarding the applicability of the OECD Guidelines to the financial sector. In its preliminary statement the NCP confirms that the OECD Guidelines also apply to minority shareholding of financial institutions.

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Cambodians file complaint with U.S. government against Domino Sugar Parent

Oct 31, 2012

Today, two hundred and seven families from Sre Ambel District in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia whose land was forcibly seized for a sugar plantation and factory have turned to the U.S. Government to help mediate the longrunning dispute with the exclusive purchaser of the tainted sugar, Yonkers, New York-based American Sugar Refining (ASR). The villagers seek the U.S. Government’s assistance in settling a land dispute that has caused severe economic and social impacts to hundreds of families since powerful and well-connected companies and politicians confiscated their land through two controversial Economic Land Concessions in 2006.

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Groups File OECD Guidelines’ Complaint Against  Korean Steel Giant POSCO And Financing Pension Funds For Environmental And Human Rights Concerns In India

Groups File OECD Guidelines’ Complaint Against Korean Steel Giant POSCO And Financing Pension Funds For Environmental And Human Rights Concerns In India

Oct 09, 2012

Orissa, India, 9 October 2012 – Lok Shakti Abhiyan, an Indian organization representing a broad civil society movement and supporting coalitions in S. Korea, Netherlands, and Norway filed complaints with the S. Korean, Dutch, and Norwegian governments today. The complaint concerns POSCO’s failure to seek to prevent human rights abuses and carry out comprehensive human rights and environmental studies for its proposed iron mine and steelworks plant in the State of Odisha, India in violation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines).

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