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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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Case alert: Massive layoffs at Triumph factories in Thailand and the Philippines

Case alert: Massive layoffs at Triumph factories in Thailand and the Philippines

Dec 03, 2009

A union delegation from Thailand and the Philippines filed a complaint at the Swiss NCP against Triumph for massive layoffs without prior consultation with the unions at garment factories in Thailand and the Philippines.

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Case alert: Controversial business practices by Vattenfall's subsidaries in Germany

Case alert: Controversial business practices by Vattenfall's subsidaries in Germany

Oct 29, 2009

On October 29 2009 Greenpeace Germany has lodged an OECD Guidelines complaint at the German NCP against Vattenfall AB and its German subsidiaries Vattenfall Europe AG, Vattenfall Europe Generation AG & Co. KG and Kernkraftwerk Kruemmel GmbH & Co. oHG for violations concerning environmental policies, consumer protection, disclosure and unreasonable lobbying by the company in Germany.

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New Quaterly Case Update Autumn 2009 available

New Quaterly Case Update Autumn 2009 available

Oct 05, 2009

Autumn 2009 update of pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, new cases filed and current case statistics.

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Toward parent company and home country responsibility in OECD Guidelines cases

Sep 25, 2009

In his April 2009 report to the UN Human Rights Council, Professor John G. Ruggie, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business & human rights, highlighted the “increase in civil cases brought against parent companies for their acts and omissions in relation to harm involving their foreign subsidiaries”. The acknowledgement that parent companies must take responsibility for the actions and activities of their subsidiaries around the world is also beginning to play out in the arena of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Specific Instance procedure.

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OECD Guidelines lack teeth, influence

Sep 25, 2009

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are expectations of adhering countries with regard to responsible behaviour of their multinational corporations on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues labour and human rights and the environment. The Guidelines are voluntary, companies are not required to abide by them. The closure of an OECD Guidelines case against Shell this week once again reveals that the voluntary nature of the Guidelines and governments’ reluctance to place consequences on breaches of the Guidelines limit the instrument’s authority and ability to influence corporate conduct.

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