How to make a complaint that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines have not been met.
Who can complain
Any interested party can file a complaint. The complainant may be, for example:
- a community affected by a company’s activities
- employees or their trades union
- a non-government organisation (NGO)
A complainant may act on behalf of identified other parties.
When a complaint can be made
You can make a complaint if a company is breaching the OECD guidelines.
The guidelines are recommendations for responsible business conduct that adhering governments encourage their enterprises to observe wherever they operate.
They cover a broad range of issues, including:
- due diligence in the supply chain
- human rights
- employment and industrial relations
- working to stop bribery
- consumer interests
- science and technology
Raise a complaint
To raise a complaint with the UK NCP, you should:
Identify which parts of the OECD guidelines may have been breached - please note that this updated version of the guidelines was endorsed by the OECD on 25 May 2011 and applied by the UK NCP with effect from 1 September 2011 (if your complaint is about actions that took place before 1 September 2011, you should refer to the version of the guidelines that applied before to confirm what requirements applied under the guidelines at that time).
Prepare the complaint and relevant supporting material on the basis of the UK NCP’s guidance on bringing a complaint under the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises.
If the complaint includes issues relating to a company’s due diligence, you may also find it helpful to review the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: due diligence obligations - additional guidance (PDF, 129KB, 3 pages).
The UK NCP’s procedures for dealing with complaints brought under the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises set out what happens at each stage of the process.
The review procedure for dealing with complaints sets out the review process opened to the parties of a complaint when the UK NCP issues an initial assessment rejecting a complaint, or a final statement.
Contact the UK National Contact Point
For queries, complaints under the OECD guidelines, or inclusion on our mailing list, please email us at UK.NCP@trade.gov.uk, or write to:
UK National Contact Point for the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises
Department for International Trade
3 Whitehall Place