Specific Instance Statistics

Since the NCP’s creation in 2000, the U.S. NCP has had a total of 45 Specific Instances. Since the 2011 revision of the Guidelines, the U.S. NCP has specifically handled 18 Specific Instances. Globally, between 2000 and 2016, the 47 NCPs have received 400 Specific Instance cases[1], which means the U.S. has received approximately 11 percent of global cases. Additionally, the United States is home to some of the largest multinational enterprises in the world, which contribute substantially to the 62% that adhering countries to the Guidelines fund to global Foreign Direct Investment inflows, as reported from 2007 to 2013. This helps shed light on why the United States is one of six NCPs who handle half of all global Specific Instances reported since 2000, along with the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, and France, according to the 15 year NCP stocktaking report. Compared to the Dutch, German, and French NCPs, the United States has had the highest number of Specific Instances since 2000, 45, with these NCPs having 27, 22, and 24 Specific Instances, respectively.

The 2011 revision of the Guidelines provided the catalyst for the Office of the U.S. NCP to create its procedures, look for areas of improvement and growth, and implement them; these changes are reflected throughout this report. In order to do this, the Office of the U.S. NCP began collecting statistics on its Specific Instances to analyze trends and provide further information. Since 2012, these statistics include:

  • The U.S. NCP has completed a total of 18 Specific Instances[2] and for the first time in its 17 year history, three Specific Instances went to mediation in 2015 and 2016
  • The most cited Guidelines Chapter for U.S. NCP Specific Instances is Chapter V: Employment and Industrial Relations, Chapter IV: Human Rights, and Chapter II: General Policies
  • Mediation was offered in 67 percent of Specific Instances (which includes 11 percent of Specific Instances that were offered deferred mediation)
  • Of the Specific Instances where mediation was offered, 25 percent accepted mediation
  • Of the Specific Instances where mediation was offered and accepted, 67 percent led to a mediated agreement, which is higher than the NCP global average of 47 percent according to the June 2017 NCP Highlights document
  • Mediation was offered in four out of five Specific Instances in 2016
  • Sector Represented in Specific Instances:
    • Agriculture: 2
    • Aerospace and Defense: 1
    • Consumer Products: 8
    • Hospitality and Tourism: 1
    • Manufacturing: 5
    • Telecommunications: 1
Date: 07/28/2017 Description: Chart 1: Number of Specific Instances Completed
2012: 4
2013: 4
2014: 2
2015: 3
2016: 5 - State Dept Image
 

Date: 07/28/2017 Description: Chart 2: Sectors Covered
Aerospace and Defense: 5%
Agriculture: 11%
Consumer Products: 44%
Hospitality and Tourism: 6%
Manufacturing: 28%
Telecommunications: 6%
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Date: 07/28/2017 Description: Chart 3: Specific Instance Completed Results
Mediation Offered: 67%
Mediation Not Offered: 33%
Of the Specific Instances where mediation was offered (12 Specific Instances), 25 percent accepted mediation. Of the Specific Instances where mediation was offered and accepted, 67 percent led to a mediated agreement. - State Dept Image
 

Date: 07/28/2017 Description: Chart 4: Submitters
Labor: 72%
NGO: 17%
Individual: 11% - State Dept Image


[2] Completed refers to any case where a Final Statement has been published at www.state.gov/usncp