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OECD clarifies expectations of business to prevent and remediate harmful impacts on people and planet

Jun 21, 2018

This week the OECD launched its new Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct (the Guidance). Due diligence has emerged as the fundamental and essential behaviour expected of any responsible business. The 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) and the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) raised the expectation of due diligence by companies to an international consensus. Until now, however, there was no agreement over what due diligence really means.

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Blog: the new OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Business Conduct

Jun 20, 2018

Due diligence has emerged as the fundamental and essential behavior expected of any responsible business. The 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines), which incorporated concepts from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), made a major contribution to raising the expectation of due diligence by companies to an international consensus. The problem is that there is no agreement over what due diligence really means.

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The State of Remedy under the OECD Guidelines

Jun 18, 2018

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Guidelines) have unique potential to strengthen the global system of corporate governance and provide access to remedy for the victims of corporate misconduct. But how effective were NCP in terms of providing effective access to remedy in 2017? OECD Watch is today releasing a briefing paper which explores this question: “The State of Remedy under the OECD Guidelines, Understanding NCP cases completed in 2017 through the lens of remedy”.

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Advancing and Strengthening the NCP peer review process

Jun 15, 2018

Accountability Counsel, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), and OECD Watch have conducted research to evaluate the National Contact Point (NCP) peer review process and identify opportunities for improvement, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that NCPs are functionally equivalent and provide effective access to remedy.

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Civil society organizations call on G20 to protect human rights in global supply chains

Civil society organizations call on G20 to protect human rights in global supply chains

Jun 13, 2018

As G20 employment and education ministers meet today in Geneva, OECD Watch and civil society organizations around the globe are calling on the G20 to implement key policy recommendations in relation to responsible business conduct in global supply chains.

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Submission of OECD Watch for the 2018 Peer Review of the Canadian NCP

Submission of OECD Watch for the 2018 Peer Review of the Canadian NCP

Feb 09, 2018

The submission outlines ways in which the NCP can advance the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprise and serve as a platform for resolving complaints related to corporate misconduct. The submission was made on 29 January 2018.

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Independent review: Australian NCP among the poorest performing internationally

Independent review: Australian NCP among the poorest performing internationally

Feb 09, 2018

Last year, the Foreign Investment Division within Australia’s ‘Treasury’ department commissioned an independent review of the Australian National Contact Point (NCP) to evaluate its effectiveness. Alex Newton, lawyer and specialist in business and human rights, was appointed to evaluate the Australian NCP’s structure and its role within the government and present recommendations that would help the NCP to comply with the OECD criteria. The review shows that the Australian government needs urgently reform its NCP to regain confidence of civil society.

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Restoring civil society confidence in the UK NCP

Restoring civil society confidence in the UK NCP

Feb 08, 2018

OECD Watch has sent an open letter to the UK NCP to express its concerns regarding the performance of the NCP. For years, the UK NCP had a reputation as one of the best performing NCPs worldwide. However, since 2011, the UK NCP has steadily lost the confidence of UK civil society, according to the evidence available to us.

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“Judicial mechanisms are the backbone of the remedy system, non-judicial the fingertips”

“Judicial mechanisms are the backbone of the remedy system, non-judicial the fingertips”

Dec 04, 2017

During the opening, “Introduction to Remedy” panel of the 6th annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, SOMO and OECD Watch’s Joseph Wilde-Ramsing got anatomical to describe the relationship between judicial remedy and non-judicial remedy.

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Six secrets to success: Analysis of key success factors for remedy in the case of DRC workers vs. Heineken at the Dutch NCP

Six secrets to success: Analysis of key success factors for remedy in the case of DRC workers vs. Heineken at the Dutch NCP

Dec 03, 2017

During a panel discussion at the 6th annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, in Geneva, Switzerland, representatives of OECD Watch, Heineken, the Dutch NCP, and victims from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) discussed the successful process towards remedy following business-related human rights abuses by Heineken.

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OECD Watch explains the “Remedy is the Reason” campaign to NCPs in Geneva

OECD Watch explains the “Remedy is the Reason” campaign to NCPs in Geneva

Nov 28, 2017

During the second day of the 6th annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, OECD Watch held an informal meeting with the NCPs of 12 countries: Norway, Austria, U.K., U.S.A, Finland, Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden, Israel, Poland, and Denmark.

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Civil society watchdog challenges Australian government’s handling of complaint about human rights abuses at Manus Island asylum centre

Civil society watchdog challenges Australian government’s handling of complaint about human rights abuses at Manus Island asylum centre

Nov 24, 2017

Today, the OECD Watch network has submitted the first-ever appeal to the OECD’s Investment Committee challenging the Australian National Contact Point’s (NCP) handling of a complaint filed against the security firm G4S Australia Pty Ltd, which ran the Australian asylum centre, Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea. OECD Watch criticizes the Australian NCP for not being accessible and impartial in this case. Australia has failed to fulfil its obligations under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines). This action marks the launch of OECD Watch’s campaign for effective NCPs so that victims of corporate violations can have effective access to remedy.

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The G7/G20 BHR Task Force have called upon the G20 to strengthen the effectiveness of National Contact Points

Mar 28, 2017

OECD Watch, along with members of the Business and Human Rights Task Force, have submitted a letter calling upon the G20 Employment Working Group to do more to further promote supply chain transparency and due diligence.

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A “4x10” plan for why and how to unlock the potential of the OECD Guidelines

A “4x10” plan for why and how to unlock the potential of the OECD Guidelines

Jun 03, 2016

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, OECD Watch publishes a “4 x 10” bullet-point plan highlighting four key features that give the Guidelines the potential to help ensure businesses behave responsibly. It also includes ten actions that governments must take to unlock that potential and to advance their legally binding obligations to further the effectiveness of the Guidelines

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