Latvian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises

19.12.2006. 15:52
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The Latvian National Contact Point (NCP) is responsible for raising awareness of the Guidelines for multinational enterprises (OECD Guidelines). It is also responsible for implementing the complaint mechanism of the OECD Guidelines’

The National Contact Point (NCP) Secretariat is based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department  for Economic Relations and Development Cooperation.  

CONTACT US:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
K.Valdemāra Str. 3,
LV-1395, Latvia
Phone: +371 67016418
Fax: +371 67828121
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Latvian NCP has a tripartite structure: it includes representatives of Ministries and other governmental institutions, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia and Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia.

The NCP role is to:

  • promote awareness and accessibility of the OECD Guidelines;
  • explain the Guidelines to the interested parties;
  • provide a platform for discussion and assistance to stakeholders to help find a resolution for issues arising from the alleged non-observance  of the OECD Guidelines.

Promotion of the OECD Guidelines

Contact us if you think that your business or organisation would find it useful to have the Latvian  NCP staff give a presentation on the OECD Guidelines and the Latvian NCP.

Specific instances

Any interested party have a possibility to report violations of the OECD Guidelines by an enterprise to the NCP. The obligation of the NCP is to provide stakeholders with a forum for discussion, thus contributing to the prevention of violations. Specific instances are not legal cases and NCPs are not judicial bodies. The NCP focus on problem solving – they offer good offices and facilitate access to consensual and non-adversarial procedures (e.g. conciliation or mediation).

Specific instance notified by JSC Norvik Bank regarding efficiency and transparency of the Latvia’s legal system and public institutions. 

Final statement

Responsible Business conduct in Action


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS CONDUCT IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

OECD Guidelines in short

  • Recommendations by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from their countries;
  • Endorsed by stakeholders;
  • Harmonised (not competing) with other instruments
  • The onlyresponsible business conduct instrument with an implementation mechanism (NCP);
  • Global reach through supply chains;
  • Aim to enhance business contribution to sustainable development ;
  • The most comprehensive international instrument on responsible business conduct: covers all areas of business ethics

CHAPTERS OF THE OECD GUIDELINES

  1. Concepts and Principles
  2. General Policies
  3. Disclosure
  4. Human Rights                                    
  5. Employment and      Industrial Relations
  6. Environment
  7. Combating Bribery,      Bribe Solicitation and Extortion
  8. Consumer Interests    
  9. Science and      Technology 
  10. Competition
  11. Taxation

OECD Brochure “The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – Responsible Business Conduct Matters”


SOME EXAMPLES OF “PROACTIVE AGENDA” (SECTOR) PROJECTS:

  • Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Minerals Supply Chains
  • Guide on Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement in Extractives Sector
  • Guidance for Investors in Agricultural Supply Chains
  • Guidance for Responsible Textiles Supply Chains
  • NEW: Guidance on Due Diligence for the Financial Sector

Key resources