Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) & JCB
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)Israel
DescriptionSpecific Instance submitted by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, an NGO, concerning an alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines by JCB, a manufacturer of construction equipment.
Theme(s)Human rights
Date10 Dec 2019
Host country(ies)Israel, Palestinian Administered Areas
Industry sectorConstruction, Transportation and storage
StatusIn progress

Read the initial statement published by the UK NCP on 12 October 2020: 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 claims related to JCB’s human rights due diligence processes, the claims regarding JCB’s directly linked business relationships and their human rights policy commitments merit further examination.
  • the claims related to JCB contributing to abuses of human rights does not merit further examination.

The decision taken by the NCP to accept aspects of the specific instance for further examination and to offer its good offices does not imply that JCB has not observed provisions of the OECD Guidelines and is not a finding against JCB and does not mean that the NCP considers that JCB has acted inconsistently with the Guidelines.The NCP is currently offering the parties an opportunity to mediate. If the parties do not accept mediation or cannot reach an agreement, the NCP will further examine the claims related to JCB’s activities and policies under the provisions of the OECD Guidelines.