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OECD Watch submission to the 2016 Peer Review of the Swiss NCP

OECD Watch submission to the 2016 Peer Review of the Swiss NCP
October 2016 OECD Watch

Submission of OECD Watch for the peer review process of the Swiss National Contact Point (NCP). 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 in October 2016.

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OECD Watch submission to the 2016 peer review of the Italian NCP

OECD Watch submission to the 2016 peer review of the  Italian NCP
August 2016 OECD Watch

Submission of OECD Watch for the peer review process of the Italian National Contact Point (NCP). 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 in August 2016

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OECD Watch Response to G7 Leaders’ (In)Action

OECD Watch Response to G7 Leaders’ (In)Action
August 2016 J. Wilde Ramsing, V. Sandjojo, A. Trandem

At this years 42nd Annual G7 Summit in Japan, G7 leaders failed to address their previous commitments towards responsible business conduct.  In contrast to the June 2015 Leaders Declaration following last years summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany, commitments to improve responsible supply chains and access to remedy were notably omitted from the agenda. Given the vital need for G7 leaders to elaborate on how they will work to ensure responsible supply chains and better apply internationally-recognized labour, social and environmental standards, 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 (update)

A 4x10 plan for why and how to unlock the potential of the OECD Guidelines (update)
June 2016

Although governments adhering to the Guidelines have made a legally-binding commitment to set up effective National Contact Points (NCPs) to handle cases of corporate non-compliance with the Guidelines, many governments are not honouring this commitment. Poor NCP functioning has significantly limited uptake of, and respect for, the Guidelines by businesses. This has constrained the overall impact and effectiveness of the instrument, and left countless victims of corporate abuse without remedy for harms done. Recognizing the gap between the Guidelines’ potential and their current impact, in 2015 G7 leaders pledged to “strengthen mechanisms for providing access to remedies, including the NCPs,” and in 2017 38 OECD ministers highlighted the necessity to have “fully functioning and adequately resourced” NCPs and committed to having all countries peer reviewed by 2023.  Immediate action is needed by governments to strengthen the effectiveness of the Guidelines as a force for ensuring that companies behave responsibly in their operations and business relationships around the world. Governments must honour their commitment to setting up effective NCPs that provide access to remedy for victims of corporate misconduct. This briefing provides a “4 x 10” bullet-point plan highlighting four key features that give the Guidelines the potential to ensure businesses behave responsibly. It also includes ten actions that governments must take to unlock that potential and to meet their legally-binding commitment to further the effectiveness of the Guidelines.

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Submission to the joint meeting of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct and the NCPs

Submission to the joint meeting of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct and the NCPs
December 2015 J. Wilde Ramsing, V. Sandjojo, K.M.G Genovese

Submission of OECD Watch to the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (WPRBC) and the NCPs. The submission provides input for the WPRBC's discussions on seven subjects: on addressing the functioning, performance and impact of NCPs, on a concept note on the General Guidance on Risk-Based Due Diligence for RBC, on a proactive agenda for the implementation of guidance on agricultural supply chains and meaningful stakeholder engagement in the extractive sector, on the 2016 OECD Global Forum on RBC, on the adherence of Ukraine to the investment declaration, on the accession of Latvia to the OECD and to substantial structural funding needed for OECD RBC unit work on NCP-related issues.

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