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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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OECD Watch Response to G7 Leaders’ (In)Action

OECD Watch Response to G7 Leaders’ (In)Action

Aug 10, 2016

At this year's 42nd Annual G7 Summit in Japan, G7 leaders failed to address their previous commitments towards responsible business conduct. Civil society criticizes this omission and calls on the G7 to back their expressed commitment with six immediate actions.

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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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40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - TUAC and OECD Watch Launch 40-day Count-Up

40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - TUAC and OECD Watch Launch 40-day Count-Up

May 13, 2016

TUAC and OECD Watch have today started a 40-day count-up to mark the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and are calling on governments and the OECD to step up measures to ensure businesses respect the Guidelines, so that the Guidelines fulfil their potential to defend communities’ and workers' rights.

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Amnesty International exposes the OECD Guidelines as a system not fit for purpose

Amnesty International exposes the OECD Guidelines as a system not fit for purpose

Feb 26, 2016

In its new report "Obstacle Course: How the UK’s National Contact Point handles human rights complaints under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises" Amnesty International UK exposes OECD Guidelines as a system that is not fit for purpose as it lets companies off the hook when human rights abuses are alleged against them. The NCP’s treatment of complaints, the report says, is inconsistent, unreliable, biased towards businesses and out of kilter with the standards it is supposed to uphold.

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OECD Watch brochure on OECD Guidelines now available in Arabic and Burmese

OECD Watch brochure on OECD Guidelines now available in Arabic and Burmese

Feb 15, 2016

The OECD Watch brochure provides a brief overview of the content of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the associated complaint mechanism. The brochure was already available in seven languages and has now also been translated into Arabic and Burmese.

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OECD Guidelines apply to responsible business in conflict settings

OECD Guidelines apply to responsible business in conflict settings

Nov 23, 2015

On 5 November, the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding officially launched its brochure ‘International Standards for responsible business in conflict-affected and fragile environments’.

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OECD watchdog calls for reform of failing complaint system

OECD watchdog calls for reform of failing complaint system

Jun 15, 2015

Allegations of corporate wrongdoing lodged under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises over the past 15 years almost never resulted in companies being held accountable, OECD Watch's new analysis of cases has found.

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New Quarterly Case Update June 2015 available

New Quarterly Case Update June 2015 available

Jun 14, 2015

The June 2015 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 public seminar in Cambodia, 8 May 2015

OECD Watch public seminar in Cambodia, 8 May 2015

Apr 15, 2015

OECD Watch and Equitable Cambodia are pleased to invite you to the public seminar Promoting Responsible Corporate Conduct in the Greater Mekong region: Using the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as a tool for corporate accountability, held 8 May 2015 in Phnom Penh.

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The Norwegian Government is getting rid of a critical NCP voice

Feb 23, 2015

Norwegian civil society organisations are disappointed that the Norwegian government decided not to renew Professor Hans Petter Graver’s mandate as head of the Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines. Norwegian civil society organisations believe this decision involves a serious deterioration of the NCP’s independence and is a result of Professor Graver’s criticism of the Norges Bank Investment Management ‘s (NBIM) poor handling of human rights violations by the companies they invest in.

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