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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 for U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

Submission for U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct
April 2016

As a member of OECD Watch and the U.S. NCP’s Stakeholder Advisory Board, we are encouraged by its recent efforts to improve clarity around the specific instance process,2 engage with various stakeholders, including U.S. embassies, and respond to many of the recommendations contained in the Board’s 2014 report.3 We also commend the U.S. Department of State for allocating additional staff and resources to the U.S. NCP. However, the U.S. NCP still falls short from realizing its obligations. Despite many recent positive changes, it fails to keep step with its counterparts abroad, implement best practice, and provide meaningful and effective access to remedy.

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