The highlights of this Quarterly Case Update include eleven new cases filed against Andritz, China Gold International Resources, Alliance Boots, G4S, Dae Kwang Chemical and six insurance companies from New Zealand. WWF and SOCO reached landmark agreement following a UK NCP-facilitated mediation. The UK NCP is also facilitating mediation on the Britisch Gas/Chevron/ENI cases and between RAID and ENRC. The Canadian NCP publishes a final statement for the Barrick Gold case in Papua New Guinea. The South Korean NCP closes Il-Kyoung case concerning labour rights violation in the Philippines without publishing a final statement or even officially informing the complainants.
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD and OECD Watch Joint Submission to the 15th Meeting of National Contact Points for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (25 June 2014) and the Informal Ministerial Meeting on Responsible Business Conduct (26 June 2014).
OECD Watch welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the 15th Annual Meeting of National Contact Points 2014. Each year in preparation for the Annual Meeting of National Contact Points (NCPs) in June, OECD Watch reviews, evaluates, and analyses the functioning of NCPs and their effectiveness in implementing the OECD Guidelines and enhancing responsible business conduct.
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.