U.S. National Contact Point: Past and Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming events will be posted here when they are announced.

Past Events:

  • September 27-29, 2017, Washington, DC: U.S. NCP Peer Review
     
  • July 28, 2017, Washington, DC: BSR Human Rights Working Group Briefing

On July 28, a representative from the Office of the U.S. NCP briefed human rights and sustainability practitioners from major multinational companies from a diverse array of sectors at the BSR Human Rights Working Group meeting. The representative presented on the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct and the NCP mediation mechanism.

  • June 29-30, 2017, Paris, France: 2017 5th Annual Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct at the OECD

On June 29-30 at the OECD in Paris‎, a representative from the U.S. NCP attended the 5th annual Global Forum for RBC designed to strengthen international dialogue on RBC and enhance the synergies between corporate responsibility experts on issues involving the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. ‎Governments, businesses, trade unions, and civil society came together to provide insights and exchange views on how to do well while doing no harm in an effort to contribute to sustainable development and enduring social progress. Primary discussions revolved around global supply chain due diligence, regulatory approaches to RBC, effective use and impact of National Contact Points (NCP), innovative tools for promoting responsible finance, and mainstreaming RBC in companies.

  • June 28, 2017, Paris, France: 2017 OECD Policymakers Forum

On June 28, at the OECD in Paris, a representative from the Office of the U.S. NCP joined the annual Policy Makers Forum, which convenes a broad range of OECD government officials to discuss issues including human rights, labor, and economic development tools. Discussions included the challenges and opportunities of government procurement policies, creating National Actions Plans on RBC and Business and Human Rights, and using economic policy tools like export credit to create incentives for business implementation of RBC. ‎Stakeholders from industry, civil society, and academia presented recommendations.

  • June 26-27, 2017, Paris, France: NCP Network Meetings

On June 27, at the OECD in Paris, the OECD National Contact Points (NCP) on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) met to discuss financial sector guidance for implementation of the OECD Guidelines, best practices with Specific Instances ("cases"), and how to improve the Peer Review process and the overall performance of National Contact Points. The U.S. NCP highlighted the improvements made by the U.S. over the past six months, including hiring new mediators, overhauling the U.S. NCP website, and extensive Peer Review preparations for the September 28-29 Peer Review in Washington, DC.

  • June 21-24, 2017, Berlin, Germany: German Peer Review

Two members from the U.S. National Contact Point team attended the German National Contact Point Peer Review in Berlin. The German Peer Review team was made up of representatives from the Brazilian, American, and Dutch NCP offices, two members from the OECD Secretariat, and Austrian NCP as an observer. The German Peer Review included in-person consultations with key stakeholders, including members from civil society, business, and labor, and culminated with the Peer Review team providing draft recommendations to the German NCP on how to further improve their processes. These recommendations will be documented in a final report to be published in the fall. The Peer Review provided an excellent opportunity for the U.S. NCP representatives to observe and learn in advance of the U.S. NCP's Peer Review, occurring on September 27-29, 2017.

During the American Bar Association's annual Labor and Employment conference in Anaheim, California, the Office of the U.S. NCP moderated a roundtable to present the NCP mediation mechanism and share opportunities and limitations of the mechanism to resolve disputes between communities and businesses. The roundtable led to robust discussion with audience members that were predominantly labor law and labor relations practitioners.

The Office of the U.S. NCP participated on the opening panel for the Justice Sector Training, Research, and Coordination Program (JUSTRAC) at the Wilson Center, regarding the OECD Guidelines and the U.S. NCP’s role in facilitating global responsible business conduct (RBC). The panel included representatives from the UN Global Compact and the Center for International Private Enterprise and described how international standards have created models and incentives for private sector actors to support rule of law.

The Office of the U.S. NCP presented at the Ethical Sourcing Forum, a two-day industry initiative open to industry members interested in developing and successfully implementing sustainable social and environmental supply chain practices. The forum provided an opportunity to present on how the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct and the U.S. National Contact Point work can play important roles in this work.

The Office of the U.S. NCP discussed the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and the U.S. National Contact Point mediation mechanism to the United States Council for International Business’ (USCIB) spring Corporate Responsibility Committee. USCIB represents over 300 global corporations and advances global interests of American businesses both domestically and internationally. The discussion included a brief Question and Answer session with USCIB members.

  • April 4, 2017, Houston, TX: IPIECA

The Office of the U.S. NCP presented the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and the U.S. National Contact Point mediation opportunity to IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues.

  • March 21, 2017, Washington, DC: Fund for Peace’s Human Rights and Business Roundtable on the U.S. Government’s Approach to Business and Human Rights through Political Transition

The Office of the U.S. NCP joined the Fund for Peace’s Business and Human Rights Working Group for a Human Rights and Business roundtable discussion to hear feedback on the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct and the NCP mechanism. The event included representatives from private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society.

  • March 7-8, 2017, Paris, France: OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct

The Office of the U.S. NCP traveled to the OECD in Paris, France for biannual Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct meetings, where they met with other OECD delegates and the OECD Secretariat to discuss upcoming Peer Reviews and Proactive Agenda items. The representative serves on the Bureau for the Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct and met with OECD stakeholders.

  • March 7, 2017, Washington, DC: U.S. Fashion Industry Association Briefing

The Office of the U.S. NCP met with the Board of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association to discuss the OECD’s new due diligence guidance for the apparel and footwear sector, as well as other responsible business conduct issues.

  • March 6, 2017, Paris, France: Vigeo Eiris

The Office of the U.S. NCP briefed analysts and auditors from Vigeo Eiris, a global provider of environmental, social and governance research to investors and public and private corporations, on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, NCP Process, and recent National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.

  • February 24, 2017, Atlanta, GA: AIM-PROGRESS

The Office of the U.S. NCP briefed members of AIM-PROGRESS, a forum of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods manufacturers and common suppliers, on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, NCP Process, and NCP’s Grievance mechanism hosted at The Coca-Cola Company headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

  • February 22, 2017, Washington, DC: Ropes and Gray LLP. Briefing

The Office of the U.S. NCP briefed attorneys from Ropes and Gray LLP, a preeminent global law firm with more than 1200 legal professionals, as well as clients and other friends of the firm, on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, NCP Process, and recent National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.

  • February 16, 2017, Washington, DC: Webinar with U.S. Embassies on RBC

The Office of the U.S. NCP participated in a webinar with U.S. Economic Officers from around the world to talk about how they can engage U.S. companies to mitigate risk and prevent negative impact where they operate. They also shared Responsible Business Conduct resources and discussed the NCP mediation mechanism.

  • February 13, 2017, Phoenix, AZ: Global Reporting Initiative Reporters’ Summit

The Office of the U.S. NCP delivered a keynote address at the Global Reporting Initiative’s for their GRI Reporter’s Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona. This one-day symposium offers practical solutions, support and networking for sustainability reporting professionals. The U.S. NCP presented on the OECD Guidelines, the role of the U.S. NCP, the NCP’s Grievance mechanism, and the National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.

  • January 12, 2017, Washington, DC: American University Washington College of Law and International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) present: The U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct: Initial Reflections on the Way Here and the Road Ahead

The Office of the U.S. NCP participated in the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and American University Washington College of Law’s roundtable discussion regarding the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The roundtable provided an opportunity for the U.S. NCP to hear from representatives from the U.S. government, business, civil society, labor, and academia, concerning their reflections on the NAP creation and publication process and content.