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ANNOUNCEMENT: OECD Watch Side event OHCHR Consultation on business and human rights

The OECD Guidelines: A tool for operationalising the business and human rights framework?

Sep 28, 2009

OECD Watch will organise a lunchtime side event at the OHCHR Consultation on business and human rights: Operationalizing the “Protect, Respect, Remedy” framework that will be held in Geneva. The side event will explore the Guidelines’ potential to contribute to the Ruggie framework. OECD Watch will encourage professor Ruggie and his team to engage with the OECD and member states in upgrading the Guidelines and create synergy towards a more effective and accountable business and human rights framework.


OECD Watch welcomes the framework developed by Professor Ruggie as an opportunity to explore solutions to global governance gaps with regard to business and human rights. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are currently one of the few mechanisms available for holding companies to account, and they provide a potentially valuable instrument for operationalisation of the SRSG’s framework.  However, if that potential is to be realised fundamental changes are needed to harmonise performance of National Contact Points and enhance the OECD Guidelines’ effectiveness in ensuring that businesses respect human rights. A review of the OECD Guidelines is expected to start in 2010 and could provide an opportunity for such improvements.

  • Date, time: 6 October 2009, 13:00 – 15:00
  • Location: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

(lunch will be available in the room)

Draft programme
Chair - Richard Howitt, Member of European Parliament, European Parliament spokesperson on CSR

13:00   Welcome and introduction by the chair Richard Howitt
13.15   Aims of the side event - Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, OECD Watch
13:25   Perspectives from the South: Can the OECD Guidelines provide effective remedies?
           -    Rashmi Venkatesan, Cividep, India
           -    Samson Mokoena, GroundWork, South Africa
           -    Víctor Ricco, CEDHA, Argentina
13:55        Responses from Ruggie Team
           -    Caroline Rees, Director of the Governance and Accountability Program, CSR Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
14:10   Perspective from the unions – Kirstine Drew, TUAC
14:15   Discussion with the audience
14:40   Conclusions and recommendations: Towards the review of the OECD Guidelines - Joris Oldenziel, OECD Watch

Attachment OECD Watch OHCHR Geneva side event 6 October (Size 268Kb)

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