Letter on the Accomplishment of the Recommendations of the 2014 Report by the Stakeholder Advisory Board

November 18, 2016


To: The Stakeholder Advisory Board to the U.S. National Contact Point

From: Melike Ann Yetken, U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines (U.S. NCP)

Subject: Accomplishment of the Recommendations of the 2014 Report by the Stakeholder Advisory Board

 

On February 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of State’s Stakeholders Advisory Board (SAB) submitted a report to itsparent body, the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), on implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and, more specifically, on the functioning of the U.S. NCP. The ACIEP approved the recommendations contained in the SAB report, and forwarded them to the Department. The Office of the U.S. NCP is grateful for the time and energy that went into the drafting of this report and congratulates its members on its completion. Stakeholder input is important to the SAB’s parent committee, the ACIEP, as well as the Office of the U.S. NCP.

In addition to several discussions of the report with the SAB in 2014 and 2015, on February 17, 2016, the Office of the U.S. NCP provided a briefing to the SAB on the specific fulfillment of each recommendation made in the report. I am writing today to further report on the level of fulfilment of the recommendations.

The SAB report contained 72 specific recommendations to the ACIEP covering many aspects of the operations of the U.S. NCP. 16 of those recommendations provided divergent recommendations, reflecting the different views of SAB members. The Office of the U.S. NCP has completed or taken action on 71 of the 72 recommendations with a completion rate of 99 percent. In the case of divergent recommendations, we considered each recommendation, made a policy decision based on one of the recommendations and consider these issues completed as a result.

Specifically, the Office of the U.S. NCP has closed out:

a) 12 of the 12 recommendations regarding the structure and monitoring of the U.S. NCP, including staffing, access, transparency, and confidentiality;

b) 27 of the 28 recommendations regarding promotion of the Guidelines,

c) three of the three recommendations regarding the proactive agenda; and,

d) 29 of the 29 recommendations regarding the Specific Instance process.

The recommendation which remains ongoing, and on which the U.S. NCP will continue to work is establishing a plan of communications for the U.S. NCP. The Office of the U.S. NCP expects to consult with the SAB in the coming months on this.

I want to thank the members of the SAB, past and present, for the work that went into the 2014 report and for the work they continue to do in support of the U.S. NCP and in support of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and responsible business conduct more broadly.

Best regards,

Melike Ann Yetken
U.S. National Contact Point
For the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
cc. Members of the ACIEP