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26 Oct 2016

Intl. Organisation of Employers

Intl. Organisation of Employers Oral Statement on Examples of international instruments addressing obligations and responsibilities of private actors

...I would like to provide the Working Group with some information about the OECD Guidelines National Contact Point network and the specific instance procedure...A fifteen year review of the OECD Guidelines’ National Contact Points demonstrates that even soft law instruments can have a tremendous impact and that in any instrument...In short, NCPs are foremost focused on problem-solving, which is an approach we should not overlook in these discussions. One distinct advantage of this approach is that it can bring justice to victims more quickly...They are an important tool not only to educate companies about responsible business conduct expectations of their governments, but also an important mechanism for expanding government awareness of what it means to support responsible business conduct and how to coordinate on these issues across massive government ministries that are not accustomed to addressing responsible business conduct...Without a process for disseminating norms and learning from situations in which they have been applied, progress cannot be made...