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OECD Watch launches online tool on the OECD Guidelines

OECD Watch launches online tool on the OECD Guidelines

Dec 03, 2013

OECD Watch has developed an online Case Check to assist potential complainants in deciding whether the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises can be used to address corporate misconduct. This new tool now makes the OECD Guidelines complaint mechanism much more accessible and comprehensible for civil society organisations.

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New Quarterly Case Update November 2013 available

New Quarterly Case Update November 2013 available

Nov 25, 2013

The November 2013 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.

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A case study on the Dutch NCP

Jun 21, 2013

This case study contains a complainants perspective on the Dutch NCP’s handling of the specific instance submitted by Accountability Counsel on behalf of residents living near the Sakhalin II Prigorodnoye Production Complex: a highly polluting liquefied natural gas plant and oil and gas export terminals on Sakhalin Island in Russia.

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New Quarterly Case Update June 2013 available

New Quarterly Case Update June 2013 available

Jun 19, 2013

The June 2013 update of new cases filed, pending and recently concluded or rejected cases, and current case statistics is now available.

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The Dutch NCP finds that Shell bases statements on oil spills on flawed investigation

The Dutch NCP finds that Shell bases statements on oil spills on flawed investigation

Jun 19, 2013

The Dutch NCP issued a final statement in the OECD Guidelines complaint against Shells in which it finds that Shell’s statements on the oil spills were based on flawed investigations and disputed evidence. The NCP furthermore found that Shell’s general communication with stakeholders about the percentage of oil spills caused by sabotage was flawed. Complainants nevertheless regret that the NCP did not comment on whether Shell’s failures constituted a breach of the Guidelines nor made a full assessment of the evidence provided or an investigation whether Shell’s statements were indeed misleading.

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New OECD Watch guide to the OECD Guidelines

New OECD Watch guide to the OECD Guidelines

Jun 14, 2013

OECD Watch publishes its new OECD Watch Guide to the Guidelines which is designed to help individuals, communities, NGOs and trade unions that have been negatively affected by corporate behaviour to address the alleged misconduct through filing an OECD Guidelines complaint.

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Norwegian NCP publishes final statement in POSCO/ NBIM case

Norwegian NCP publishes final statement in POSCO/ NBIM case

May 27, 2013

The Norwegian NCP concludes that NBIM violates the OECD Guidelines chiefly on two accounts: First; by refusing to cooperate with the OECD NCP NBIM violates the OECD Guidelines Procedural Guidance. Second; by not having any strategy on how to react if it becomes aware of human rights risks related to companies in which NBIM is invested, apart from child labour violations.

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Independent consultants analyse effects of Joint Statement in Cermaq salmon case

May 16, 2013

Follow-up study finds that Cermaq is clearly amongst the best salmon companies in terms of reporting corporate social and environmental responsibilities, but is weak in addressing local disputes.

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Complaint filed against C&A, KiK and Karl Rieker relating to Bangladesh factory fire

Complaint filed against C&A, KiK and Karl Rieker relating to Bangladesh factory fire

May 16, 2013

Uwe Kekeritz and other complainants hold three German companies partially responsible for the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh.

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Dutch NCP publishes preliminary statement and joint statement in POSCO/ ABP case

Dutch NCP publishes preliminary statement and joint statement in POSCO/ ABP case

Mar 20, 2013

The Dutch NCP has published its preliminary statement in the POSCO case. This case sets an important precedent regarding the applicability of the OECD Guidelines to the financial sector. In its preliminary statement the NCP confirms that the OECD Guidelines also apply to minority shareholding of financial institutions.

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Dutch NCP publishes preliminary and joint statement in POSCO/ ABP case

Dutch NCP publishes preliminary and joint statement in POSCO/ ABP case

Mar 19, 2013

The Dutch NCP has published its preliminary statement in the POSCO case. This case sets an important precedent regarding the applicability of the OECD Guidelines to the financial sector. In its preliminary statement the NCP confirms that the OECD Guidelines also apply to minority shareholding of financial institutions.

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Alliance Sud claims that 'Swiss NCP lags behind'

Jan 14, 2013

Michel Egger critically analyses the Swiss NCP, pointing at several weak points of this NCP in comparison to other NCPs.

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