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.
This OECD Watch Guide to the Guidelines is designed to help individuals, communities, NGOs and trade unions that have been negatively affected by corporate behaviour to address the alleged misconduct through filing an OECD Guidelines complaint.
This guide was designed with the lessons of the past in mind. A number of guides and reports exist to advise NGOs on the Guidelines. These earlier publications continue to be important resources for NGOs that are considering filing complaints. This guide is meant to supplement the existing NGO resources.