The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct, referred to as ‘the Guidelines’, are recommendations on responsible business conduct (RBC) addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries. They provide non-binding principles and standards for RBC in a global context consistent with applicable laws and internationally recognised standards. They aim to encourage positive contributions enterprises can make to economic, environmental and social progress, and to minimise adverse impacts on matters covered by the Guidelines that may be associated with an enterprise’s operations, products and services. The Guidelines are the only multilaterally agreed and comprehensive code of RBC that governments have committed to promoting.
All governments adhering to the Guidelines are required to set up a National Contact Point (NCP). The role of the NCP is to promote the Guidelines and related Due Diligence Guidance and to handle complaints (known as specific instances) of alleged non-observance of the Guidelines. The Ireland NCP can offer a non-judicial grievance mechanism to help parties resolve complaints through a mediation/conciliation platform. This is referred to as the offer of good offices.
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OECD video explaining the Guidelines and NCP function National Contact Point Ireland NCP for the Guidelines (PDF, 320KB)
A brief overview of the Guidelines and the role of the NCP