Dutch oil & gas sector failing to abide by OECD guidelines, finds Dutch National Contact Point

At the request of the Dutch government, the Dutch National Contact Point investigated the compliance of the Dutch oil and gas sector with the OECD Guidelines. This is the first time an NCP was asked to carry out a cross sector research and to give advise on the matter. As reported by OECD Watch, the Dutch NCP concludes that "the implementation of the OECD Guidelines in the Dutch oil and gas sector is poor" and calls on both oil and gas companies as well as the Dutch government to develop a plan for bringing the sector in line with the OECD Guidelines and monitoring compliance. 

The findings reinforce OECD Watch's position that voluntary measures are often insufficient in encouraging company adherence to the guidelines. They are calling for governments to make due diligence mandatory for companies. More information is available below.

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6 May 2019

Dutch oil & gas sector failing to abide by OECD Guidelines – Dutch NCP

Author: OECD Watch

In a first-of-its-kind report, the Dutch NCP has, at the request of the Dutch government, investigated the compliance of the Dutch oil and gas sector with the OECD Guidelines. The NCP’s research concludes that “the implementation of the OECD Guidelines in the Dutch oil and gas sector is poor.” ...

The NCP calls on both oil and gas companies as well as the Dutch government to develop a plan for bringing the sector into line with the OECD Guidelines and monitoring compliance.

The Dutch NCP’s research and the clear determinations in its report represent an important and unique development. Most NCPs wait for a complaint to be filed by NGOs or unions before taking action... Similarly, many NCPs refuse to make any public determinations at all about compliance with the OECD Guidelines...

The Dutch NCP’s research reinforces the conclusion long drawn by OECD Watch that relying solely on voluntary measures to encourage companies to act in accordance with the standards in the OECD Guidelines is ineffective. In order to effectively implement the OECD Guidelines, governments must attach consequences to non-compliance with the Guidelines and make conducting due diligence to prevent and remedy adverse impacts mandatory for companies.

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23 April 2019

Dutch NCP research into the oil and gas sector and the OECD Guidelines

Author: Dutch National Contact Point Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In October 2016, former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, on behalf of the Cabinet, requested the Dutch National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (NCP), to examine the compliance of the Dutch oil and gas sector with the OECD Guidelines.

This is the first time an NCP was asked to carry out a cross sector research and to give advise on the matter.

By the end of January 2019, the NCP presented the research, as conducted by CE Delft/Arcadis,  accompanied by a letter of the NCP to the Minister. On 18 April 2019, the Minister sent the NCP-letter together with the report and an appreciation of the Cabinet, to the Dutch Parliament...

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