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The OECD Guidelines received prominent international support by the European Women Lawyers Association

OECD Watch Jul 22, 2009
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The European Women Lawyers Association upheld the importance of the OECD Guidelines and made specific recommendations for strengthening their implementation

On July 4th 2009, the General Assembly of the European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA), held in Reykjavík, Iceland,  adopted a ” Resolution on Corporate Responsibility in Europe” wherein the role of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and their promotion through the National Contact Points received prominent attention.

Emphasizing that CSR should be an integral part of any sustainable economic development policy, EWLA recommends that:

·         the European Commission introduce legislation requiring companies incorporated in Member State to disclose their implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises;

·         an independent European monitoring mechanism be created for corporate behaviour and compliance with European law on corporate social responsibility;

·         EU Member States co-ordinate their activities within the OECD to improve the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. They should aim at extending the applicability of these Guidelines to the financial sector and trade, as well as at introducing rules that ensure the independence of National Contact Points and an effective follow-up process;

·         European institutions and the Member States widely disseminate the OECD Guidelines within the business community and among NGOs. (Link to EWLA Resolution)

Attachment (2009) EWLA Resolution CSR (final).doc (Size 156Kb)

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