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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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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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Dutch NCP issues final statement on OECD complaint against Shell

Aug 31, 2009

The Dutch NCP has published its final statement on the complaint that Fenceline Community and Friends of the Earth Netherlands have filed against Royal Dutch Shell's practices concerning the Pandacan oil depot in Manila, the Philippines.

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Global Witness uncovers foreign companies’ links to Congo violence

Global Witness uncovers foreign companies’ links to Congo violence

Jul 29, 2009

This new report by Global Witness, entitled ‘Faced with a gun, what can you do?’, details how companies are buying from suppliers who trade in minerals from the warring parties. Many mining areas in eastern DRC are controlled by rebels and the national army, who violently exploit civilians to retain access to valuable minerals, including cassiterite (tin ore), coltan and gold. Cassiterite and coltan are used to make mobile phones, computers and other electronics, among other things.

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