This book is a gift to Roel Nieuwenkamp to pay tribute to his work on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. He has spent many years promoting responsible business conduct with governments, companies, non-governmental organisations and trade unions. Initially in his capacity as Director of Trade Policies at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands and, since 2013, as the Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct. Five years later, as he steps down from his role as Chair, this Liber Amicorum compiles testimonies from academics close to him engaged in efforts to promote responsible business conduct.
Submissions from contributing authors address a number of themes: progressive expansion of the scope and increasing scale of norms and practices of responsible business conduct (John Ruggie), focus on stakeholder-based governance (Mervyn King), strengthening NCP roles and functional equivalence (Christine Kaufmann, Michael Addo, Larry Catá Backer, Maartje van Putten, Martijn Scheltema/Constance Kwant, Sander van ‘t Foort/Tineke Lambooy), stakeholder involvement (Ola Mestad), strengthening Pillar 3: ‘Access to Remedy’ (Joseph Wilde-Ramsing). Further perspectives offered are country- specific views on the United States (Lance Compa), China (Liang Xiaohui), India (Bimal Arora), the desired linkage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Teresa Fogelberg/Tim Mohin, Karin Buhmann, Rob van Tulder) and the academic grounding through the OECD Academic Network on Responsible Business Conduct (Raymond Saner).
This Liber Amicorum has been coordinated by Herman Mulder, Martijn Scheltema, Sander van ‘t Foort and Constance Kwant, who also undertook the final editing, and who did a marvelous job putting this book together.
Some of the Front Matter follows (including Table of Contents) follows. The publication can be accessed (free of charge) HERE.