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Dutch NCP organises stakeholder meeting 28 November

Dutch NCP organises stakeholder meeting 28 November

Nov 12, 2012

The Dutch NCP organises a broad stakeholder meeting on 28 November 2012. During the meeting participants will be informed about the activities of the NCP and developments around the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Specific discussion will be dedicated to the issues around freedom of association when doing business internationally. The NCP invites intested parties to attend this stakeholder meeting.

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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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OECD Watch welcomes Denmark’s strengthened NCP: the New Mediation and Complaints Mechanism, with a mandate to investigate allegations and make recommendations

Oct 05, 2012

In June 2012 the Danish Parliament passed legislation with the objective of creating a new mediation and complaints institution for responsible business behavior in Denmark. This new body will replace the old and much criticized National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines (NCP). This week the Danish government announced the establishment of the new mechanism, which will consist of an independent body with 5 members, headed by Mads Øvlisen, former head of the Danish Council for CSR and former CEO of Novo Nordisk. The other expert members have a diverse business, labour, NGO and academic background.

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French OECD Office Condemns Trade of Products issued from Child Labor as Flagrant Violation of OECD Guidelines

Sep 27, 2012

On Friday, 21 September 2012, the French National Contact Point (NCP) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) produced its final statement in the Devcot Case, related to the use of forced labor of children and adults for harvesting cotton in Uzbekistan. The NCP held that the trade in goods produced from forced child labor constitutes a flagrant violation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises but states French firm Devcot S.A. does not supply in violation of the OECD Guidelines

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Complaint Seeks Resettlement and Just Compensation from Royal Dutch Shell and UK Banks for damage caused by Sakhalin II Oil and Gas Project

Complaint Seeks Resettlement and Just Compensation from Royal Dutch Shell and UK Banks for damage caused by Sakhalin II Oil and Gas Project

Jul 31, 2012

Today residents living adjacent to a highly polluting liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) plant and oil and gas export terminals on Sakhalin Island, Russia, filed a complaint against Royal Dutch Shell and three of the largest UK banks: Royal Bank of Scotland (“RBS”), Standard Chartered, and Barclays, for their failure to adhere to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (“OECD”) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the “Guidelines”).

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New Quarterly Case Update June 2012 available

New Quarterly Case Update June 2012 available

Jun 15, 2012

The June 2012 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.

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OECD Watch hosts capacity building seminar in Senegal

OECD Watch hosts capacity building seminar in Senegal

Jun 11, 2012

OECD Watch and Lumière Synergie Developpement, a Senegalese CSO and member of the Coordination Committee of OECD Watch, have organized a capacity building workshop on May 24 and 25 2012 in Dakar, Senegal to engage with representatives of key NGOs in Senegal and the West African region.

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OECD Watch and CEDHA organise side event during Rio+20 summit

OECD Watch and CEDHA organise side event during Rio+20 summit

Jun 08, 2012

On the 16th of June from 15:30 - 17:00 OECD Watch and its Coordination Committee CEDHA from Argentina will organize a side event at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

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Best Practices: Comparing National Contact Points

Best Practices: Comparing National Contact Points

Mar 29, 2012

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) carried out a comparison “peer review” based on its OECD Guidelines complaints against 7 cotton traders from France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom for knowingly profiting from (forced) child labour in the Uzbek cotton industry.

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Parties reach agreement in OECD Guidelines case regarding Nidera’s human rights policies and practices in Argentina

Parties reach agreement in OECD Guidelines case regarding Nidera’s human rights policies and practices in Argentina

Mar 05, 2012

In the context of an OECD Guidelines case, the NGOs CEDHA, INCASUR, Oxfam Novib and SOMO have reached an agreement with the Netherlands-based agricultural MNE Nidera regarding the company’s human rights policies and practices. As part of the agreement, Nidera strengthened its human rights policy, formalised human rights due diligence procedures for temporary rural workers, and allowed the NGOs to monitor its Argentine corn seed operations through field visits.

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Norwegian Nickel Controversy

Norwegian Nickel Controversy

Jan 04, 2012

The Norwegian NCP issues its final statement regarding the complaint filed by Framtiden i våre hender against Norway-based Intex Resources for violating indigenous peoples’ human and environmental rights in 2009. In its final statement the Norwegian NCP concludes that Norwegian-owned Mindoro Nickel Project in the Philippines should consult a broader group of indigenous peoples and be more transparent about adverse environmental impacts.

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