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OECD Guidelines (Multinationals)

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps his Department has taken to promote the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises; (72075)

(2) how many UK registered companies have adopted the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises;

(3) what steps his Department has taken to co-operate with non-Governmental organisations in the promotion and implementation of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises;

(4) To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints have been investigated by the UK National Contact Point in each year since 2000; and when each case was (a) filed and (b) concluded;

(5) To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) nature and (b) outcome was of each complaint made to the UK National Contact Point in each year since 2000.

The Government are committed to the effective promotion and implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. For example, on 20 December 2004, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry wrote to the chairmen of all FTSE 100 companies drawing their attention to the importance of the guidelines and their relevance in developing corporate codes of conduct. The UK’s National Contact Point (NCP) for the guidelines also liaises with non-governmental and business organisations on a regular basis, both formally and informally, to discuss the promotion and implementation of the guidelines.

In September 2005, the Government consulted stakeholders on possible improvements to the NCP’s promotion and implementation of the guidelines. We intend to publish a formal response in the near future.

The guidelines are recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises. They are not adopted, as such, by companies.

Training and Development Expenditure for non departmental public bodies (NDPB’s)

Date filed

Complainant

Respondent

Date concluded

Outcome

May 2001

Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID)

Binani/Roan Antelope Mining Company Zambia

2001

Discontinued when companies liquidated

February 2002

Citizens for a Better Environment (CBE) Zambia, Afronet Rights and RAID

Anglo American plc and Konkoia Mining Company

Ongoing

April 2003

RAID and other non-governmental organisations

Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline: BP and consortium partners

Ongoing

July 2003

CBE

National Grid Transco

July 2005

Closed by NCP due to lack of evidence from complainant

September 2003

International Union of Food and Allied Workers

British American Tobacco (BAT)

November 2003

Withdrawn by complainant following BAT’s decision to disinvest from Burma

February 2004

UN Panel on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo

De Beers

May 2004

NCP concluded the allegations to be unsubstantiated

June 2004

UN Panel on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo; RAID

Orys Natural Resources

June 2005

NCP drew the attention of the company to the provisions of Chapter II (general policies) of the Guidelines

June 2004

UN Panel on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Avient

September 2004

NCP drew the attention of the company to the provisions of Chapter II (general policies) of the Guidelines

June 2004

UN Panel on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo; RAID

DAS Air

Ongoing

November 2004

RAID

Alfred Knight

Ongoing

May 2005

Corner House

BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls Royce

April 2006

Withdrawn by complainant following changes to ECGS’s anti-bribery and corruption procedures