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Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2013

Responsible Business Conduct in Action

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The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises aim to help businesses meet the challenge of acting responsibly in any country they operate by providing a global framework for responsible conduct covering all areas of business ethics. While observance of the Guidelines by enterprises is voluntary and not legally enforceable, adhering governments are committed to promoting their observance among enterprises. This Annual Report describes what adhering governments have done to live up to their commitment over the 12 months to June 2013 . In particular it highlights the mediation and consensus building activities promoted by National Contact Points, the Guidelines' implementation mechanism set up by adhering governments. It includes a copy of the current edition of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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Achievements and looking forward

Overall, a quarter of NCPs reported changes in their governance structures and procedures to make them more inclusive, accountable and transparent. Denmark created an independent body with five members from different stakeholder backgrounds and a new mediation and complaint mechanism with an allocated budget of over 400 000 EUR per year. In Brazil, the election of a representative by each of the 11 governmental institutions that compose the NCP was made legally binding, to increase the sense of ownership and awareness about the Guidelines within the government. Switzerland set up a multi-stakeholder advisory board composed of 14 representatives from various stakeholder groups, and new internal procedures for handling specific instances. Australia established an Oversight Committee that includes government agencies. The Chilean NCP is now assisted by an advisory group of government experts and a civil society oversight committee composed of different stakeholders and RBC experts. The new procedures of the French NCP entered into force and Spain is well advanced in reforming its NCP. Finally, Tunisia created the 44th NCP on the Guidelines, which comprises representatives from government, trade union and business.

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