Date filed
15 December 2016
Keywords
Countries of harm
Current status
No resolution
Sector
NCP

Allegations

On December 2016, the NGO UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) filed a complaint at the United Kingdom NCP against Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC). The complaint alleges that PwC was appointed to audit the accounts of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and/or the individual programmes of donations to the PA from external donors such as the World Bank, the EU, or individual nations. The complaint further alleges that PwC has violated multiple provisions of the Guidelines through its failure to warn donors receiving its audit reports that the PA is, according to UKLFI, consciously expending funds on the salaries of terrorists and their families, with the deliberate aim and/or effect of promoting and glorifying acts of terrorism and thereby harming the peace process between Israel and Palestine, as well as the prospects of Palestinian citizens to establish flourishing civil institutions. The complaint asserts that PwC‘s actions violate the rights of terror victims, Palestinian citizens, and the citizens of donor countries. The complainants do not seek punishment for PwC, but rather hope that amicable discussions and, if necessary, mediations led by the UK NCP will encourage PwC to amend its practices to avoid breach of the Guidelines and also take action to remedy or mitigate the negative human rights consequences that have arisen from its breaches.

Relevant OECD Guidelines

Outcome

In June 2018, after a period of 18 months surpassing the period of three months suggested under the OECD Guidelines Procedural Guidance, the UK NCP issued an initial assessment accepting the complaint for good offices.

On 11 March 2020, the UK NCP issued a final statement making a few findings, including that the PwC global network of firms did not breach the OECD Guidelines when PwC Palestine Limited conducted audit work in relation to the subject accounts. The NCP recommended that PwC network firms recognise the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as a standard of responsible business conduct and ensure that all PwC policies and standards use and reference the Guidelines and OECD Due Diligence Guidance where appropriate.

The UK NCP will issue a follow-up report in March 2021.

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