The Guidelines are crafted as voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct in eleven specified areas of corporate activity:
- Concepts and Principles
- General Policies
- Human Rights
- Employment and Industrial Relations
- Combating Bribery, Bribe Solicitation and Extortion
- Consumer Interests
- Science and Technology
The Guidelines are supported by a unique implementation mechanism of National Contact Points (NCPs), agencies established by adhering governments to promote and implement the Guidelines. The NCPs assist enterprises and their stakeholders to take appropriate measures to further the implementation of the Guidelines. They also provide a mediation and conciliation platform for resolving practical issues that may arise. (From Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2011 Edition, Forward, at 3).
OECD Watch summarized the highlights of the report:
The highlights of this Quarterly Case Update include new OECD Guidelines complaints filed against Centerra Gold for human rights and environmental violations in Mongolia and Shell for environmental and human rights problems in the Niger Delta. The Norwegian NCP has accepted a complaint against Sjovik for undermining the Sahrawi peoples right to self-determination in its fishing operations and rejected cases against Norwegian Church Aid alleging poor health conditions its refugee camps in Kosovo and Statoil for exploiting oil sands in Canada and thereby contributing to Canada's violation of international obligations to reduce GHG emissions. Additionally The LEAD Group files complaints with the US and UK NCPs against Innospec, Xstrata, and TetraBOOST for alleged environmental breaches associated with the production of leaded gasoline. Specific Instances recently concluded with an agreement between the parties include the complaint against Nidera regarding human rights issues at Argentine corn field operations, several cases regarding child labour and cotton trading in Uzbekistan, and the case against Cermaq for its salmon farming practices. The Norwegian NCP furthermore issued a final statement in the Intex Philippines nickel mining case determining Intex has not acted in accordance with the OECD Guidelines. (From OECD Watch Quarterly Case Update March 2012: Quarterly Case Update of OECD Guidelines Cases Filed by NGOs, OECD Watch, March 2012).
Recent cases include:
Canadian and Mongolian NGOs file complaint at Canadian NCP regarding human rights and environmental violations at Centerra Gold’s mining operations in Mongolia (p.2)
Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth file complaint with Dutch and UK NCPs against Shell based on the findings of a UNEP related to environmental and human rights problems in the Niger Delta (p.2)
The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara files complaint at Norwegian NCP against Sjovik AS undermining the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination in its fishing operations (p.3)
The Norwegian Climate Network and Concerned Scientists Norway file complaint against Statoil for exploiting oil sands in Canada, and thereby contributing to Canada's violation of international obligations to reduce GHG emissions; Norwegian NCP rejects complaint claiming that it was directed at Canada's policy of allowing oil sands development rather than the activities of Statoil; NCP highlights risks oil sands operations present to the climate and environment (p.3)
The LEAD Group files complaints with the US and UK NCPs against Innospec, Xstrata, and TetraBOOST for alleged environmental breaches associated with the production of leaded gasoline; Innospec refuses to engage in mediation, and US NCP closes case without making determination; Xstrata engages in mediation by UK NCP; UK NCP conducts initial assessment and facilitates e-mail exchanges between parties in TetraBOOST case (p.4)
129 Roma refugees file complaint at Norwegian NCP against Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) alleging poor health conditions a NCA-run refugee camps in Kosovo; NCP rejects case claiming NCA is not an MNE (p.4) (From OECD Watch Quarterly Case Update March 2012: Quarterly Case Update of OECD Guidelines Cases Filed by NGOs, OECD Watch, March 2012, page 1).