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28 Nov 2017

UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights, Business and Human Rights Journal

Commentary: Aligning National Contact Point processes with the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

"The National Contact Point (NCP) System - Aligning NCP Processes with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", 28 Nov 2017

[T]he Guiding Principles [...] call on States (in UNGP27) to “provide effective and appropriate non-judicial grievance mechanisms, alongside judicial mechanisms, as part of a comprehensive State-based system for the remedy of business-related human rights abuse.” Among different State-based non-judicial mechanisms in the business and human rights field, the National Contact Point (NCP) system of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises has received a great deal of attention... Some NCPs have struggled to be perceived as impartial and retain confidence of social partners and other stakeholders for many decades, as also shown in some UN Working Group country reports... A comprehensive improvement of the effectiveness of the NCP system would be a significant contribution toward strengthening implementation of the Guiding Principles across a number of countries. The Guiding Principles provide a useful and clear baseline for assessing NCPs and also a roadmap for reform. We look forward to continuing the dialogue on how – at the 2017 UN Forum and beyond.