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OECD-GRI sign partnership to help multinational companies operate responsibly

OECD-GRI sign partnership to help multinational companies operate responsibly

Dec 30, 2010

On the 13th of December 2010 the OECD has signed a partnership agreement with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to help companies make greater use of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework, bringing increased coherence and consistency to their efforts to act more responsibly and be more transparent about their sustainability.

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OECD Watch and other civil society groups comment on review US NCP

Nov 11, 2010

In November 2010 the U.S. Department of State has held consultations on its Review of the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Issues for review include the adequacy of the current structure and practices of the U.S. NCP and the changes that should be made to enhance its functioning. OECD Watch, as well as other civil society groups, has provided input into the review process.

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Video-blog on the OECD Guidelines

Video-blog on the OECD Guidelines

Oct 13, 2010

In an interview with Dr Wayne Visser, CEO of CSR International, OECD Watch member Joris Oldenziel reflects on the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The interview was conducted at the 4th annual ACCSR conference in Melbourne on 19 February 2010.

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French and Spanish translations of "10 Years On" report now available

French and Spanish translations of "10 Years On" report now available

Sep 30, 2010

In its latest report "10 Years On: Assessing the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to responsible business conduct" OECD Watch has analysed the implementation and effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines over the past ten years and made an analysis of cases filed by NGOs against corporations alleging violations of the OECD Guidelines. The French and Spanish translations of this report are now available!

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Panel Discussion of OECD Guidelines Review, 9 October in Edinburg, UK

Panel Discussion of OECD Guidelines Review, 9 October in Edinburg, UK

Sep 28, 2010

The International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs (ICC) Working Group on Business and Human Rights will host a panel event on the current review of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Tricia Feeney from OECD Watch member RAID will be a panellist in this event, together with Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the Working Party for the Review, Claire Methven O’Brien from the ICC Working Group on Business and Human Rights and a speaker from the UK NCP.

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Public meeting and opportunity for written input on review US NCP

Public meeting and opportunity for written input on review US NCP

Sep 28, 2010

The US NCP is soliciting written comments (until November 5 2010) and will hold a public meeting on November 2 2010 concerning the review of the US NCP. The key question is whether the current structure and practices of the US NCP effectively achieve the objectives of the OECD Guidelines or whether there are changes that should be made.

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Irish and Dutch NCP close case against Shell-consortium in Ireland

Irish and Dutch NCP close case against Shell-consortium in Ireland

Aug 10, 2010

The Irish NCP, in cooperation with the Dutch NCP have issued their Final Statement on the complaint filed by Pobal Chill Chomain Community against a consortium of oil companies led by Shell. In August 2008 the complainants have filed a complaint against the consortium for health & safety and environmental issues, as well as human rights violations related to the Corrib gas project located in Ireland.

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International media picks up on importance review OECD Guidelines

Aug 02, 2010

In OECD Watch's latest key publication the implementation and effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines over the past ten years have been analysed. International media has picked up on this issue, reinforcing OECD Watch's position that a review of the Guidelines is necessary in order for the instrument to become a credible, legitimate and enforceable standard to resolve corporate abuses and promote responsible business behaviour in the 21st century.

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OECD Watch General Assembly 2010

Jul 06, 2010

On June 27 and 28, 2010, OECD Watch held their Annual General assembly in Paris. In attendance were 30 members representing 20 countries. The General Assembly also hosted nine aspiring members hailing from Africa and Europe.

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Make or break for the OECD Guidelines? OECD Watch critiques of Guidelines’ effectiveness

Make or break for the OECD Guidelines? OECD Watch critiques of Guidelines’ effectiveness

Jun 30, 2010

In the first decade of this century, governments of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have been unable to protect workers, communities and the environment from harm caused by multinational corporations. This is the conclusion of OECD Watch’s latest report that was launched today at a press conference in Paris.

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Invitation Panel Debate on the occassion of new publications OECD Watch and FIDH

Jun 26, 2010

The OECD Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invite you to attend a public panel debate on the occasion of the launch of OECD Watch's new report “10 Years On: Assessing the contribution of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to responsible business conduct” and FIDH’s guidebook “Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: A guide for Victims and NGOs on Recourse Mechanisms”.

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Invitation Press Conference "10 Years On"

Invitation Press Conference "10 Years On"

Jun 25, 2010

OECD Watch is pleased to invite those interested to the launch of its new report "10 Years On" Assessing the contribution of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to responsible business conduct". The press conference will be held at Wednesday 30 June 2010, from 13:00-13:45 at the OECD Conference Centre.

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Announcement 2010 update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Announcement 2010 update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

May 31, 2010

With the publication of the Terms of Reference for an update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises the OECD has officially signaled the start of the long expected update process of the OECD Guidelines. Work on the update will start in end of June 2010.

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OECD Watch response to the Draft Terms of Reference for an Update of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

OECD Watch response to the Draft Terms of Reference for an Update of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Mar 24, 2010

In the context of the consultations with stakeholders on the draft Terms of Reference for the review of the OECD Guidelines, OECD Watch has identified a number of critical elements that must be part of the review and has provided a number of specific suggestions for amendments to the text of the ToR.

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Outcomes of the OECD Watch and DTP Capacity Building Seminar in Bangkok, Thailand

Outcomes of the OECD Watch and DTP Capacity Building Seminar in Bangkok, Thailand

Mar 10, 2010

At the same time as economists, researchers and government representatives met to discuss 'Trade-led Recovery and Beyond' at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) First Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Week in Bangkok, Thailand, a group of 45 participants from 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region met to participate in a capacity building program organized by OECD Watch and the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) entitled ‘Corporate Accountability: Tools to Promote Responsible Business Conduct’ from 4-6 November 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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OECD Watch Key issues for a review of the OECD Guidelines

OECD Watch Key issues for a review of the OECD Guidelines

Feb 10, 2010

The list of key issues for OECD Watch that must be addressed in a review of the OECD Guidelines are now published on the website. The key issues for which suggestions for improvement have been formulated fall into three categories: conditions and modalities for the review process, scope and issues related to the substantive provisions of the Guidelines, and Procedural Guidance-related issues.

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Church of England disinvests from Vedanta Resources after following up on issues also raised in OECD Guidelines complaint

Church of England disinvests from Vedanta Resources after following up on issues also raised in OECD Guidelines complaint

Feb 08, 2010

On the advise of the the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) the Church Commissioners and the Church of England Pensions Board have sold their shares in Vedanta Resources plc. As a result, none of the three national investing bodies of the Church of England hold shares in the company.

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New Quarterly Case Update February 2010 available

New Quarterly Case Update February 2010 available

Feb 02, 2010

The February 2010 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.

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Chile signs up as first OECD member in South America

Chile signs up as first OECD member in South America

Jan 25, 2010

Chile will become the OECD’s 31st member and its first in South America under an accession agreement signed on 11 January at La Moneda in Santiago by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Chilean Finance Minister Andrés Velasco in the presence of President Michelle Bachelet. Chile’s membership will become official once necessary formalities, including parliamentary approval, have been completed.

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Case alert: Human rights violations at Goldcorp's gold mine in Guatemala

Case alert: Human rights violations at Goldcorp's gold mine in Guatemala

Dec 09, 2009

A coalition of community groups from San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Guatemala filed an OECD complaint with the Canadian NCP, requesting an investigation into human rights violations committed by Goldcorp Inc. at the company's Marlin gold mine.

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Workshop on the revision process on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Workshop on the revision process on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Dec 05, 2009

On 24 November 2009 several Argentinian NGOs held a workshop to reflect and discuss the process of revising the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises by several Argentinian NGOs.

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Case alert: Massive layoffs at Triumph factories in Thailand and the Philippines

Case alert: Massive layoffs at Triumph factories in Thailand and the Philippines

Dec 03, 2009

A union delegation from Thailand and the Philippines filed a complaint at the Swiss NCP against Triumph for massive layoffs without prior consultation with the unions at garment factories in Thailand and the Philippines.

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Morocco joins the OECD Declaration on International Investment

Morocco joins the OECD Declaration on International Investment

Nov 23, 2009

Morocco has joined 41 other countries in signing the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises, in a move that commits it to supporting an open environment for international investors and encouraging responsible investment by multinational companies as a means to promote prosperity and growth.

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Case alert: Controversial business practices by Vattenfall's subsidaries in Germany

Case alert: Controversial business practices by Vattenfall's subsidaries in Germany

Oct 29, 2009

On October 29 2009 Greenpeace Germany has lodged an OECD Guidelines complaint at the German NCP against Vattenfall AB and its German subsidiaries Vattenfall Europe AG, Vattenfall Europe Generation AG & Co. KG and Kernkraftwerk Kruemmel GmbH & Co. oHG for violations concerning environmental policies, consumer protection, disclosure and unreasonable lobbying by the company in Germany.

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OECD Watch’s recommendations on the framework proposed by the SRSG on Business and Human Rights

OECD Watch’s recommendations on the framework proposed by the SRSG on Business and Human Rights

Oct 06, 2009

This OECD Watch paper provides a contribution to the current international debate on business and human rights, with a specific focus on the relationship between the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ‘Ruggie mandate’. The likely review of the OECD Guidelines in 2010 will provide an opportunity to strengthen human rights elements of the OECD Guidelines and contribute to the ‘operationalisation’ of the framework developed by John Ruggie, Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) on Business and Human Rights.

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ANNOUNCEMENT Corporate Accountability: Tools to Promote Responsible Business Conduct

ANNOUNCEMENT Corporate Accountability: Tools to Promote Responsible Business Conduct

Oct 06, 2009

OECD Watch and The Diplomacy Training Program have partnered to deliver the forthcoming regional capacity building program on Corporate Accountability: Tools to Promote Responsible Business Conduct. The program has been developed to assist civil society and community leaders to actively engage in the social, environmental and human rights challenges posed by the influence of corporations, particularly multi-national enterprises in the region.

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New Quaterly Case Update Autumn 2009 available

New Quaterly Case Update Autumn 2009 available

Oct 05, 2009

Autumn 2009 update of pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, new cases filed and current case statistics.

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

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

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.

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Toward parent company and home country responsibility in OECD Guidelines cases

Sep 25, 2009

In his April 2009 report to the UN Human Rights Council, Professor John G. Ruggie, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business & human rights, highlighted the “increase in civil cases brought against parent companies for their acts and omissions in relation to harm involving their foreign subsidiaries”. The acknowledgement that parent companies must take responsibility for the actions and activities of their subsidiaries around the world is also beginning to play out in the arena of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Specific Instance procedure.

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OECD Guidelines lack teeth, influence

Sep 25, 2009

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are expectations of adhering countries with regard to responsible behaviour of their multinational corporations on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues labour and human rights and the environment. The Guidelines are voluntary, companies are not required to abide by them. The closure of an OECD Guidelines case against Shell this week once again reveals that the voluntary nature of the Guidelines and governments’ reluctance to place consequences on breaches of the Guidelines limit the instrument’s authority and ability to influence corporate conduct.

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Human Rights, Advocacy and Business – Capacity Building in Thailand

Sep 25, 2009

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Change and Cividep, India (an OECD Watch member), recently held its fourth regional program on human rights advocacy and business in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The program was originally scheduled to be held in Bangalore.

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OECD Forum 2009 – The Crisis and Beyond

Sep 25, 2009

June 2009 was a particularly busy time for the OECD. The OECD Forum 2009 and the Ministerial Council meeting followed ‘hot on the heels’ of the Investment Committee annual conference on CSR, and meeting of National Contact Points.

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Purchasing power and responsible business conduct

Sep 25, 2009

The OECD 2009 conference on corporate responsibility—“Consumer Empowerment and Responsible Business Conduct” provided an opportunity to consider not only, the role of private consumers and their growing demand for sustainable products and corporate transparency, but also, the role of public authorities in their procurement of both goods and services. Further, the likely review of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (The Guidelines) in the near future makes an assessment of the Consumer Interests (chapter 7) timely. OECD Watch contributed to the OECD conference, and this article highlights some of the issues raised.

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2009 Annual Review on NCPs available

2009 Annual Review on NCPs available

Sep 01, 2009

Each year in preparation for the Annual Meeting of National Contact Points (NCPs) in June, OECD Watch evaluates the functioning of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Guidelines) and NCPs and their effectiveness in enhancing responsible business conduct.

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Dutch NCP issues final statement on OECD complaint against Shell

Aug 31, 2009

The Dutch NCP has published its final statement on the complaint that Fenceline Community and Friends of the Earth Netherlands have filed against Royal Dutch Shell's practices concerning the Pandacan oil depot in Manila, the Philippines.

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Niza calls for the immediate release of transparency activist Golden Misabiko

Jul 30, 2009

Golden Misabiko, Chair of the African Association for the Protection of Human Rights (ASADHO) in Katanga, was arrested on 24 July and remains in custody in Lubumbashi. Timothée Mbuya, Vice-Chair of ASADHO/Katanga, was also arrested on 24 July but subsequently released on the same day.

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Global Witness uncovers foreign companies’ links to Congo violence

Global Witness uncovers foreign companies’ links to Congo violence

Jul 29, 2009

This new report by Global Witness, entitled ‘Faced with a gun, what can you do?’, details how companies are buying from suppliers who trade in minerals from the warring parties. Many mining areas in eastern DRC are controlled by rebels and the national army, who violently exploit civilians to retain access to valuable minerals, including cassiterite (tin ore), coltan and gold. Cassiterite and coltan are used to make mobile phones, computers and other electronics, among other things.

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

Jul 22, 2009

The European Women Lawyers Association upheld the importance of the OECD Guidelines and made specific recommendations for strengthening their implementation

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Case alert: FIAN and Wake Up and Fights for Your Rights vs Neumann Kaffee Gruppe

Jul 20, 2009

Wake Up and Fights for Your Rights, Madudu Group” supported by FIAN has lodged an OECD Guidelines complaint against Neumann Kaffee Gruppe for forced evictions in Uganda. The complaint was presented to the German NCP 15 June 2009.

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The failure of the Korean government to hold Korean corporations accountable for violations in Burma

The failure of the Korean government to hold Korean corporations accountable for violations in Burma

Jul 20, 2009

The report, intended to inform the OECD Investment Committee in Paris, France in 2009, about substantive errors in the Korean NCP’s interpretations of the OECD Guidelines.

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Illegal exploitation of uranium mine in Congo

Illegal exploitation of uranium mine in Congo

Jul 16, 2009

Report of ASADHO KATANGA on the illegal exploitation of the Shinkolobwe uranium mine in Congo by the nuclear French Group AREVA

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OECD Guidelines Complaints Against Global Compact Companies

Jul 14, 2009

Global Compact Critics blog article on the Global Compact members involved in OECD Guidelines Complaints

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OECD Ministerial Council welcomes further consultation on the up-dating of the OECD Guidelines

OECD Ministerial Council welcomes further consultation on the up-dating of the OECD Guidelines

Jun 23, 2009

With an open letter OECD Watch appealed to the Ministerial Council of the OECD to authorise the long-overdue review of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Council welcomes further consultation on an update of the Guidelines.

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CSOs urge OECD time-out on renewable and nuclear energy finance incentives negotiations

Jun 12, 2009

Letter from ECA Watch to the OECD Export Credit Secretariat

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New Quarterly Case Update available

New Quarterly Case Update available

Jun 10, 2009

Update of pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, new cases filed and current case statistics.

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Case alert: ForUM and Friends of the Earth Norway vs Cermaq ASA

Case alert: ForUM and Friends of the Earth Norway vs Cermaq ASA

May 19, 2009

ForUM and Friends of the Earth Norway filed a complaint at the Norwegian NCP against Cermaq ASA, a Norwegian fish farming and fish feed company, alleging it in breaching the OECD Guidelines concerning production sustainability, employment conditions and human rights.

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OECD Guidelines as possibility to increase supply chain transparency

Apr 29, 2009

The Dutch government doubts that a law on the International Consumer Right To Know will lead to more sustainability. However, the OECD Guidelines for MNEs are specifically mentioned as possibility for consumers to request information from companies. How this works out in practice is not elaborated upon.

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Case alert: Survival International vs Vedanta Resources PLC

Case alert: Survival International vs Vedanta Resources PLC

Apr 16, 2009

Surivival International files a complaint against Vedanta Resources PLC for violation of the OECD Guidelines. The construction of a bauxite mine on the Niyam Dongar mountain in India will severely endanger the rights of the Dongria Kondh Tribe, one of the most isolated tribes in India.

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OECD Watch Submission to the OECD Investment Committee

OECD Watch Submission to the OECD Investment Committee

Mar 26, 2009

Submission by OECD Watch to the Investment Committee in preparation to the IC Working Party meetings on the 23rd and 24th of March on the Application of the OECD MNE Guidelines to the Financial Sector, Item 4.a of ICWP Agenda DAF/INV/WP(2009)1

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Case alert: Framtiden i våre hender vs Intex Resources

Mar 25, 2009

Framtiden i våre hender (Future in Our Hands) files complaint against Intex Resources for environmental violations relating to the construction of a nickel mine and factory in the Philippines.

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