|Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) & JCB|
|Lead NCP||United Kingdom|
|Description||Specific instance alleging a non-observance of the OECD Guidelines.|
|Date||10 Dec 2019|
|Host country(ies)||Israel, Palestinian Administered Areas|
|Industry sector||Construction, Transportation and storage|
Read the initial statement published on 12 October 2020: English
Read the final Statement published on 12 November 2021: English
On 10 December 2019, the NGO, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), submitted a specific instance alleging that JCB, a manufacturer of construction equipment, had not observed the Human Rights (Chapter IV) provisions of the OECD Guidelines. The submitter claimed that JCB’s products and construction machinery was used in the demolition of Palestinian property and settlement-related construction that have adverse human rights impacts.
On 12 October 2020, the UK NCP published an initial assessment whereby it decided that:
The UK NCP offered its good offices to the parties. JCB declined the offer of mediation, and therefore the NCP examined the complaint with a view to drafting its final statement. JCB continued to submit information on the case and was responsive to the NCP’s questions as LPHR also continued to submit information.
On 12 November 2021, the UK NCP published the Final Statement determining that JCB did not breach the Guidelines by virtue of its relationship with Comasco, which is the exclusive dealer of JCB products in Israel, but that it had not observed the Guidelines by failing to have a policy commitment to respect human rights and by not carrying out human rights due diligence in its supply chain.
The UK NCP issued the following recommendations for JCB:
The UK NCP will issue a follow up one year after publication of the Final Statement.