• 3-August-2015

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    When businesses are bad, who you gonna call?

    Most businesses are good. They pay their taxes, they create employment, they abide by the laws, and they generally contribute to the societies in which they operate. But what can be done when businesses behave badly? This blog discusses the National Contact Points, the unique grievance mechanism of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and how could be improved to better fulfill their potential.

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  • 16-June-2015

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    Striving for excellence – international sporting events we can be proud of

    This blog post John Morrison, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, discusses what the social responsibilities of sporting events should be and argues for greater oversight and due diligence at every stage of the mega-sporting events delivery process.

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  • 14-June-2015

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    As demands for better human rights reporting grow fast, help is at hand

    This blog post discusses how the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, introduced in February 2015, help companies provide evidence of how they are conducting human rights due diligence: the process of assessing and addressing their human rights impacts, and tracking and communicating how well they do so.

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  • 28-May-2015

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    Workshop in China on responsible business conduct

    This workshop highlighted the importance of responsible business conduct for sustainable development and how this involves the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. It was co-organised with the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Co-operation (CAITEC).

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  • 7-May-2015

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    Life on a planet of 9 billion

    This blog addresses the question of whether it is possible for 9 billion people to live on this planet and enjoy a good standard of living without undermining the natural systems that support all life.

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  • 4-May-2015

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    9th Forum on responsible mineral supply chains

    Participants at this meeting reviewed and discussed implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, the ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism, and other initiatives to enable responsible mineral supply chains. Issues pertinent to the tin, tantalum and tungsten (3Ts) and gold supply chains were also addressed during the Forum.

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  • 24-April-2015

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    Public consultation on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractives Sector

    This public consultation is being held to gather comments on the draft OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractives Sector which provides practical guidance to mining, oil and gas enterprises in addressing the challenges related to stakeholder engagement. The deadline for comment is 5 June 2015.

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  • 24-March-2015

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    Responsible gold also means supporting livelihoods of artisanal miners

    Today the discourse on “conflict minerals” has changed. It’s not just about conflict-free, it's about promoting responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict areas, despite the challenges. This blog discusses the urgent need to create responsible supply chains of artisanal gold, and support the livelihoods of miners in the informal gold industry, and how OECD guidance can help companies do this.

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  • 20-February-2015

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    Public consultation on the FAO-OECD guidance for responsible agricultural supply chains

    This public consultation was held to gather comments on the draft FAO-OECD guidance for responsible agricultural supply chains which is designed to help enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct along their agricultural supply chains. The deadline for comment was 20 February 2015.

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  • 10-February-2015

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    Survey on the contribution of SMEs to due diligence for responsible mineral supply chains

    The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), supported by the OECD, has initiated a study to assess the contribution of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) to due diligence for responsible mineral supply chains. To gather information for this study, SMEs were invited to take part on a confidential survey of due diligence activities by SMEs.

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