Fact sheet analyses cases concluded in 2020 through a lens of remedy

2020 was a disappointing year for remedy in OECD Guidelines complaints. OECD National Contact Points (NCPs) concluded 14 complaints filed by communities or non-governmental organisations, and of these, just one reached agreement. A full five were rejected by NCPs without offer of good offices, while seven were accepted but reached no resolution. Meanwhile, Indigenous complainants withdrew one complaint over concerns, among other things, about the NCP’s overly strict confidentiality rules and failure to address security risks for community members.

This fact sheet provides several items of analysis:

• Key numbers and facts on the 14 complaints handled, as well as analysis on why each reached or did not reach a positive outcome
• Highlights and lowlights in several of the cases, including interesting facts about remedies achieved or pursued through other grievance proceedings
• Recommendations on how to achieve better outcomes in Guidelines complaints by revising the Guidelines to strengthen and extend standards for MNEs and raise expectations for NCPs.

For further analysis of gaps in the OECD Guidelines, please read OECD Watch’s submission to the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct regarding its 2021 stocktaking on whether the Guidelines are fit for purpose.

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