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U.S. National Contact Point


Background
Promotion Function
Specific Instance Procedures
Stakeholder Advisory Board
Other NCPs

Background

The United States and the other adhering governments (34 OECD members, plus non-OECD countries Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Romania, and Tunisia) have designated national contact points (NCPs) to promote and support implementation of the Guidelines.

The U.S. NCP, located in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB), works closely with U.S. businesses, trade unions, civil society, and other U.S. government agencies. To promote the effectiveness of the Guidelines, the NCP has the following responsibilities:

  • Promote awareness of the Guidelines to business, labor, NGOs and other members of civil society, the general public, and the international community.
  • Work with other governments' NCPs, foreign businesses, international labor and civil society organizations, often regarding the overseas business activities of U.S.-incorporated MNEs.
  • Offer a forum for confidential discussion between business and stakeholders through:
    • Proactive Agenda: Bring business and civil society together to identify potential and emerging CSR-related risks for MNEs and discuss appropriate actions and responses.
    • Dispute Resolution: Facilitate dispute resolution, typically in a specific instance (complaint) process, regarding concerns about an MNE's activities in relation to the Guidelines.

Melike Yetken and Gregory Maggio comprise the US NCP team, a part of the EB Bureau’s corporate social responsibility team.

In fulfilling its mandate, the NCP team consults regularly with U.S. Government experts through an active interagency working group, which includes representatives from the Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The working group also includes Department of State officials from the Office of the Legal Adviser; the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; regional country desk officers; and officers at U.S. missions abroad, as appropriate.

Promotion Function

The NCP is committed to its obligation to further the effectiveness of the Guidelines by undertaking promotional and awareness-raising activities. The NCP conducts an active outreach program aimed at business, labor, NGOs, the general public, academia, and international organizations.

The NCP offers itself as a resource to all of the above interests, as well as to U.S. government agencies and U.S. Embassies around the world. The NCP team welcomes the opportunity to meet with groups or individuals, and to speak at conferences, at public or internal meetings, or in academic settings. The NCP is available to participate in person, by video conference or other means.

Specific Instance Procedures

The specific instance process facilitates the resolution of issues that arise between MNEs and civil society stakeholders relating to implementation of the Guidelines. The NCP can offer a forum for confidential discussion, including but not limited to facilitating voluntary mediation or conciliation between the relevant parties. For further information, please click here.

Stakeholder Advisory Board

Former Assistant Secretary Jose Fernandez announced to the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) on September 13, 2011, that the Department would be establishing a Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB), whose function would be to provide recommendations to the ACIEP on implementation of the OECD Guidelines, including their public promotion, collaboration between the U.S. NCP and stakeholders to anticipate and address future challenges in a proactive manner, and the operations of the U.S. NCP.

Former Assistant Secretary Fernandez announced on January 31, 2012, the individuals who will comprise the SAB. The SAB, a subcommittee of the ACIEP, is led by co-chairs representing business and civil society. The co-chairs are Trevor Gunn, Medtronic Senior Director for International Relations, and Owen Herrnstadt, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Director for Trade and Globalization. The other SAB members are leaders from business, labor, civil society, and academia.

Stakeholder Advisory Board Report – February 2014

The SAB members are:

SAB Co-Chairs:

  • Trevor Gunn, Medtronic
  • Owen Herrnstadt, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

SAB Members:

  • Barbra Anderson, Sabre Holdings
  • Michael Bride, United Food and Commercial Workers Union
  • Brian Campbell, International Labor Rights Forum
  • Lewis Cohen, SI-WEL International
  • Lance Compa, Cornell University
  • Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO
  • Kristen Genovese, Center for International and Environmental Law
  • Adam Greene, U.S. Council for International Business
  • Clifford Henry, Procter and Gamble
  • Jonathan Kaufman, EarthRights International
  • Ray Marshall, University of Texas
  • Sarah Singh, Accountability Counsel

Other NCPs

The United States works closely with other country NCPs on a range of matters, including the specific instance process. In specific instances involving more than one NCP, the Guidelines recommend that the host country NCP (i.e., the country in which the issues have arisen) take the lead, while consulting with the NCP of the home country (the country where the NCP is headquartered). The U.S. NCP follows this approach. National Contact Points List»


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