Canada's National Contact Point (NCP) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)
Canada's NCP is an interdepartmental committee chaired by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The role of the NCP is to promote awareness of the OECD Guidelines for MNEs (updated in 2011) as it relates to the social, economic and environmental impact of their activities on the societies in which they work.
About the Guidelines
Through international direct investment, MNEs bring substantial benefits to home and host countries in the form of productive capital, managerial and technological know-how, job creation and tax revenues. At the same time, public concerns exist about the social, economic and environmental impact of MNE activities on the societies in which they operate.
The OECD Guidelines for MNEs address these concerns by providing recommendations on voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct, consistent with domestic and international laws. The Guidelines represent the only multilaterally-endorsed comprehensive code of conduct that 41 countries have committed to promote. The Guidelines address public concerns about the social, economic and environmental impact of MNE activities on the societies in which they work (including and beyond OECD area) and provide an important framework for business in advancing corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Although endorsed by adhering Governments, the Guidelines are voluntary and are not intended to override local laws and legislation. The Guidelines are not intended to introduce differences of treatment between MNEs and domestic enterprises – they reflect good practice for all.
The Guidelines are an integral part of the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises which also include elements directed at Governments to:
- accord national treatment to foreign-owned enterprises;
- promote cooperation among governments regarding incentives to attract international investment; and
- minimize conflicting requirements for MNEs.
MNEs recognize the value of adopting management strategies that promote responsible conduct as well as aligning their business objectives with community values. The National Contact Point provides a forum where MNEs, Canadian business, non-governmental and labour organizations can share best practices and voice their views and concerns on broad as well as specific instances.
In addition, the OECD publishes Annual Reports on the OECD Guidelines for MNEs.
Other Related Documents
- Terms of Reference - Canada's NCP for the OECD Guidelines for MNEs
- Procedures Guide for Canada's NCP for the OECD Guidelines for MNEs
- Specific Instances Relating to the OECD Guidelines for MNEs
- OECD Risk Awareness Tool for MNEs in Weak Governance Zones
- Latest Related Documents from the OECD
- Responsible Business Conduct: How Canada’s National Contact Point Can Help Inform Smart Business Practices Abroad – Information Session – November 19, 2012
- Canada’s NCP for the OECD Guidelines for MNEs Stakeholder Information Session – October 27, 2011
- Canadian Social Partners for the OECD Guidelines for MNEs (Business and Labour)
Canada's NCP is an interdepartmental committee now chaired at the Director General level by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. In April 2008, the role of the NCP secretariat was transferred from the Investment Trade Policy Division to the Trade Commissioner Service Support Division, which gives it access to the vast network of the Trade Commissioner Service's offices in Canada and abroad that can assist in promoting the Guidelines and responding to enquiries.
Canada's NCP can be reached by:
You can also consult:
- OECD list of National Contact Points (PDF document - 501 KB) for other countries
- Related Links for the Government of Canada, Canadian Organizations and International Organizations
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