Accountability Counsel plays a leading role in the effort to improve the US government’s corporate accountability mechanism related to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: the US National Contact Point (US NCP).
Each of the 46 countries adhering to the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises (of which the Guidelines are a component) is required to establish a National Contact Point (NCP). NCP functions include promoting the Guidelines, handling enquiries, and facilitating the resolution of problems arising from the non-observance of the Guidelines. In this last function, the NCP receives ‘Specific Instance’ complaints and provides a mediation process for the complainants, often civil society organizations or labor unions, to reach a settlement with the multinational enterprise.
The US NCP remains one of the few avenues for communities around the world harmed by US corporations to seek accountability for that harm, and for communities based in the US to seek accountability based on the conduct of foreign corporations. Despite the importance of the US NCP, key reforms are required before the mechanism can be seen as a transparent, independent and effective office for addressing violations of the OECD Guidelines. While we have achieved reforms of the US NCP’s rules of procedures over the past years, much work remains to be done.
To learn about our current and past initiatives to improve the effectiveness of the US NCP, please visit the tabs to your left. Click here to learn more about Accountability Counsel’s advocacy work on the overall NCP system.