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MNE Guidelines & Complaints

For international businesses dependent upon global supply chains, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (“Guidelines”) offer an authoritative international standard for responsible business conduct. The eleven chapters of the Guidelines can assist businesses seeking to make a positive contribution to communities in which they operate.
The Guidelines explain government recommendations for how an enterprise should approach human rights, labour rights, environmental stewardship, consumer rights, effective processes for risk-based due diligence, tax obligations, and competitive business practices throughout an enterprise’s value chain.

The Guidelines also establish a network of National Contact Points (“NCPs”) within national governments to promote and defend the Guideline standards. NCPs offer a uniquely valuable process for non-judicial dispute resolution with a capacity to address concerns on a multinational scale.

TUAC tracks concerns raised by trade unions dating back to 2001.

Active trade union specific instances that are currently in progress at an NCP appear below. Trade union affiliates and partners can register below to gain complete access to the searchable database of cases and to use the trade union NCP specific instance generating form.

Trade Union Specific Instance in Progress (30 October 2020)
11 In Progress
218 Total Trade Union Specific instances (2001 – present)
135 Accepted (62% Acceptance rate)
>13 million Global number of workers at Multinational Enterprises with NCP Specific instances since 2011
NEW FILING HSBC Plc (UK) and National Union of Banking Employees (NUBE) Specific Instance filed at the UK NCP on 30 December 2020.  Union alleges Chapter V Guidelines violations related to terminated workers, outsourcing and outsourcing.
NEW FILING Systemair AB (Sweden) and Birleşik Metal İşçileri Sendikası (Turkey) filed at the Swedish NCP on 11 January 2021.  Union alleges Chapter I, II, IV and V violations related to Systemair management actions after the union was certified: contesting Turkish government certification of union, refusing dialogue and implementing layoffs of union members.

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The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

is available in the following languages:

The Trade Union Guide, Recommendations for Responsible Business Conduct in a Global Context