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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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Joint statement calling for an effective peer review programme and adequately equipped NCPs

Joint statement calling for an effective peer review programme and adequately equipped NCPs
October 2015

In a joint statement, BIAC, TUAC, and OECD Watch call upon the OECD to provide the resources necessary to fund an effective peer review programme. They also call upon governments of all adhering countries to ensure that their NCPs are adequately equipped and staffed, so that they can fulfill their objectives, as set out in the OECD Guidelines.

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OECD Watch response to the G7 Leaders’ Declaration of 8 June 2015

OECD Watch response to the G7 Leaders’ Declaration of 8 June 2015
July 2015 J. Wilde Ramsing, V. Sandjojo, K.M.G Genovese

OECD Watch welcomes the G7 Leaders Declaration issued following the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau, Germany, on 7-8 June 2015. OECD Watch commends the G7 leaders for the commitment expressed in the Declaration to strengthening mechanisms for providing access to remedy for the victims of corporate misconduct, including the National Contact Points (NCPs) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The G7 leaders acknowledgment of the need to strengthen and improve the NCP system echoes the findings in OECD Watchs recently-released “Remedy Remains Rare” report. In order to improve the functioning of NCPs, OECD Watch and the G7 leaders agree that one immediate step to be taken is to enhance and strengthen the current system of peer reviews. OECD Watch is particularly encouraged by the G7 leaders commitment to ensure that G7 NCPs “are effective and lead by example”. This statement provides G7 countries with concrete recommendations as to how they can fulfil this promise and ensure that their NCPs lead by example.

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Remedy Remains Rare

Remedy Remains Rare
June 2015 J. Wilde Ramsing, V. Sandjojo, K.M.G Genovese, Daniel, C.

National Contact Points (NCPs) were established to promote adherence to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines). In 2000, these statebased offices began accepting complaints from people harmed by companies’ noncompliance with the Guidelines. With this new role, NCPs acquired the potential to serve as a much-needed forum for accessing remedy for corporate abuses. Now, 15 years on, we look back on NCP performance in handling these complaints.

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