OECD National Contact Points

Since the foundation of National Contact Points (NCPs) in 2000, more than 500 specific instances have been lodged until November 2020. Most of the specific instances have been submitted by the US (more than 50) and UK (48 cases), following an approximate amount of 20 cases at least by the Dutch, Belgian, German, French, Swiss, Brazilian and Canadian NCPs. In some cases, several contact points did co-operate.

Trade unions and NGOs are at the forefront of specific instances. The most affected sectors are manufacturing (31%) and mining (18%), whereas the most considered chapters are V. Employment and Industrial relations (53%) and II. General Policies. The inserted IV. Human Rights chapter (2011) has been referred nearly in 200 specific instances.

Contact details of OECD National Contact Points can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page on OECD’s website. Access to information on specific instances handled by NCPs is ensured either by their national websites or by the database on specific instances set up by OECD.

Some of the instructive cases:

  • British NCP: Specific instance notified by the NGO WWF International regarding the activities of SOCO International PLC operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • French NCP: Specific instance notified by the trade utnion International Union of Food (IUF) regarding the activities of the French multinational enterprise Accor Group operating in Benin and Canada
  • Norwegian NCP: Specific instance notified by a consortium of NGOs regarding the activities of POSCO India operating in India, and two of its investors, the Dutch Pension Fund ABP and its pension administrator APG, and the Norwegian Bank Investment Management (NBIM)
  • German NCP: Specific instance notified by a trade union regarding the activities of a subsidiary of a German retail company operating in Pakistan

OECD National Contact Points website: http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/ncps/