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What are National Contact Points for RBC ?

National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct (NCPs for RBC) are agencies established by governments. Their mandate is twofold: to promote the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and related due diligence guidance, and to handle cases (referred to as “specific instances”) as a non-judicial grievance mechanism. To date, 50 governments have an NCP for RBC.

All 50 governments adhering to the OECD Guidelines have the legal obligation to set up an NCP. Today, NCPs make up a network and a community of practitioners, dealing with a wide array of impacts involving companies either through their operations or their supply chains.

Find out more about NCPs  |  Browse resources on NCPs

In focus

Events

  • 19 May 2022 – The Polish NCP organised a webinar on due diligence in responsible supply chains from the perspective of RBC standards: Watch on Youtube | Read more
  • 14-17 March 2022 - The Brazilian NCP is currently undergoing a peer review to identify its strengths and areas for improvement. This virtual visit brought together stakeholders. Learn more about the peer-review process.

  • 15 March 2022 - The Spanish NCP organised a conference on Corporate Social Responsibility and active employment policies. Watch the replay on Youtube.

NCPs as grievance mechanisms

Browse the NCP database

Got a grievance related to the non-observance of the OECD Guidelines?

The ‘specific instance’ procedure is designed to facilitate the resolution of disputes related to the implementation of the Guidelines by companies.

Any person that can demonstrate an ‘interest’ (broadly defined) in reporting issues can file a case with an NCP.

 

Find out how NCPs handle cases

NCP capacity building

While all NCPs are different, they need to achieve ‘functional equivalence’, meaning that, they must function with an equivalent degree of effectiveness. To stay effective and to adapt to the fast-moving RBC context, NCPs constantly need to build capacity.


Find out more about how NCPs address the requirements of functional equivalence and build capacity

Meet the NCPs

Learn more about the different National Contact Points on the country links below. 

Download contact details for NCPs

 

Contact us

The OECD Secretariat is responsible for coordination with National Contact Points.

Please direct any queries to rbc@oecd.org

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