The new Progress Report on National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct released at the 2019 OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) in Paris addresses the need for more government support and resources to ensure that National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct (NCPs) reach their full potential.
Responding to a commitment made by Ministers at the MCM in 2017 to have “fully functioning and adequately resourced National Contact Points, and to undertake a peer learning, capacity building exercise or a peer review by 2021, with the aim of having all countries peer reviewed by 2023” the report documents progress made and sets out recommendations that act as a useful roadmap for action:
In addition, all governments are encouraged to volunteer for a peer review of their NCP and those governments whose NCPs have undergone a peer review are called on to implement to the extent possible the recommendations, and report on progress made.
NCPs are unique agencies for responsible business conduct based in 48 countries. They promote the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and related due diligence guidance. They also handle cases regarding alleged non-observance of the Guidelines.