Several international guidelines aim to persuade corporations to take responsibility for the social, ecological and economic consequences of their activities. Three of these instruments form the ‘core set of internationally recognised principles and guidelines regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)’: the 'OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises', the 'United Nations Global Compact' and 'ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility'. This comparison clarifies the similarities and differences between the three instruments. SOMO has developed this comparison to provide civil society organisations with the necessary information so that they can assess whether and how to use these instruments in their work to promote and enforce corporate accountability.
The highlights of this Quarterly Case Update include twelve new cases filed against SOCO Plc, Corriente Resources and CRCC-Tonggan Investment, three members of the KPO consortium operating in Kazakhstan and six UK telecommunication companies. The cases against ENRC and Gamma have been accepted for further consideration by the UK NCP. Additionally, the cases against Electrolux and Molnlycke, Panasonic, American sugar companies, Minera Escondida/BHP Biliton and Sjovik have been concluded.
OECD Watch submission to the Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, in relation to the agenda of its forthcoming meeting on the 14 of October 2013.
This case study contains a complainants perspective on the Dutch NCPs 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.
To assess the effect of the Joint Statement that was signed between complainants and Salmon company Cermaq following the conclusion of an OECD Guidelines complaint a study was commissioned to research impact on the ground.