OECD/UN Global Compact

  • Australia Appoints Examiner of Overseas Corporate Rights Abuses

    August 07, 2019

    The nongovernmental organization Human Rights Law Centre is applauding the move by the Australian government to appoint an “independent examiner” to monitor alleged overseas human rights abuses committed by Australian companies as part of the country’s reform of its OECD National Contact Point.

  • Companies Embrace Initiative on Setting Emissions Targets

    July 26, 2019

    28 companies have announced their adherence to the demands of the UN Global Compact’s Science Based Targets initiative, under which businesses set goals to limit their greenhouse gas emissions to help fulfill the UN’s Paris climate accord.

  • UN Local Networks Seek Corporate Action on SDGs

    July 26, 2019

    At a recent review of the “local dimension” of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Executive Director of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) Lise Kingo highlighted the role of the nearly 70 UNGC Local Networks in pushing businesses around the world to embed the SDGs in their operations.

  • NGOs File OECD Complaint Against Dutch Bank

    July 24, 2019

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations related to the activist group Friends of the Earth has filed a complaint with the Dutch National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises accusing Dutch bank ING Group of fueling rights violations by funding three palm-oil companies.

  • UN, UAE Partner on Business Roundtable on Climate

    July 19, 2019

    The UN recently partnered with the government of the United Arab Emirates on a roundtable meeting with business, government, and activist organizations on how to achieve a “just transition” to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with the UN’s Paris climate accord.

  • UN Series Focuses on National Action on SDGs

    June 26, 2019

    The UN Global Compact has announced a series of events seeking to push national governments to work with the private sector in achieving the comprehensive social and economic targets contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UN, NGOs Call for Substantial Carbon Emission Reductions

    June 19, 2019

    A coalition including the UN Global Compact network of companies committed to the “sustainable development” agenda has issued a press release aiming to avoid the “catastrophic consequences” of climate change by calling on businesses to set “science-based” targets for the reduction of their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • NGO Criticizes OECD Contact Points for Limiting Remedies

    June 19, 2019

    The nongovernmental organization OECD Watch has issued a report concluding that National Contact Points (NCPs) set up under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises have not been fulfilling their role in granting remedies to alleged victims of corporate abuse and calls for a revision of the Guidelines to boost the remedial function of NCPs.

  • OECD Celebrates Global Initiative Identifying Targets for Taxation

    June 12, 2019

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has issued a press release lauding its Automatic Exchange of Information initiative for providing an “impressive” level of transparency on global assets “that can now be effectively taxed by authorities worldwide.”

  • G7 Ministers Pledge Promotion of “Responsible Business Conduct”

    June 12, 2019

    Labor and employment ministers from G7 countries and the EU Commissioner for employment have issued a communiqué that includes a pledge to promote “responsible business conduct” in global supply chains and strengthen National Contact Points for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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