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Responsible Business Conduct: 20 years of National Contact Points

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of National Contact Points (NCP) for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) as non-judicial grievance mechanisms under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Since 2000, 49 NCPs for RBC have handled more than 500 cases, addressing impacts from business operations in over 100 countries and territories, linked to alleged corporate, social, environmental, labour or human rights abuses. This process can lead to remedy for victims and bring about significant changes in corporate conduct, thereby contributing to the prevention of future harms.

Ministerial Council Meeting 2020: statements by Business at OECD & TUAC

Strengthening international coordination to overcome Covid-19

Through its global network representing over 7 million companies, Business at OECD outlines 3 business asks to the OECD and governments to overcome Covid-19 through international coordination: identify the policy measures to protect people's lives and their livelihoods, defend open markets, and break down silos across government agencies.

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A roadmap for fair and sustainable recovery

The Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) has released its statement and key messages to the OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting. The TUAC and its members are calling on Ministers and the OECD to agree on a 'Roadmap for fair and sustainable recovery that people can trust'. 

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Check out the experience of some civil society organisations we co-operate with

Peter Robinson

USCIB President & CEO
"We believe in inclusive multilateralism, where all stakeholders have a seat at the table together. OECD is a leader in that respect, and that's one reason business is committed to OECD".

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Richard Trumka

TUAC & AFL-CIO President
"We hope the OECD will bring its leadership to the task of ensuring that the challenges of technological change and the transition to a low-carbon economy are managed in ways that lead to working people enjoying better lives and a fair share of the wealth we create."

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Marian G. Ingrams

OECD Watch Coordinator, SOMO researcher
"Our engagement with the OECD has helped improve the functioning of some National Contact Points and strengthen standards for responsible business conduct under the OECD Guidelines and due diligence guidances".

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Marc Rotenberg

CSISAC Steering Group, former EPIC President
"The rapid deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) raises profound challenges to democracy. The OECD AI Guidelines are the first international policy framework to help ensure fairness, accountability and transparency in the use of AI".

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Marc Rotenberg
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Wolfgang Jamann

ICSC Executive Director
"Alliances can remind large multilateral institutions like the OECD that they are accountable and responsible for their actions and results towards the citizens of their member countries, many of which have given CSOs the mandate to speak up for them".

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Jeremy Wates

EEB Secretary General
"OECD deliberations, at the interface between environment and economy, are of particular interest and value to all concerned to find ways of reducing humankind’s environmental footprint and moving swiftly towards a one-planet economy”.

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Jeremy Wates
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How we have been working together over the years

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