OECD Management for Multinational Enterprises: dialogue with stakeholders

July 27, 2017, Kyiv – The Center for CSR Development in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine met stakeholders on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in Ukraine. The meeting was made possible thanks to the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine. The American Chamber of Commerce was the information partner of the meeting.

Під час зустрічі Андрій Демчук, директор департаменту залучення інвестицій Міністерства економічного розвитку і торгівлі, розказав про передумови приєднання України до Декларації ОЕСР «Про міжнародні інвестиції та багатонаціональні підприємства» для інвесторів і Керівництва ОЕСР для багатонаціональних підприємств.

Тетяна Лисиця, заступник директора департаменту залучення інвестицій, розказала про те, що Україна має зробити зараз, після приєднання до Керівництва ОЕСР, а саме:

  • conduct internal procedures and ratify the accession;
  • develop the Regulations on the National Contact Point;
  • make a working group and the Advisory Board for the NCP.

Maryna Saprykina, the Head of the Center for CSR Development, presented the results of a study trip to Paris for meeting with national contact points from different countries. Maryna also told what the National Contact Point should deal with and highlighted the best international practices.

Presentation on the best world practices

Presentation on the National Contact Point

Subsequently, the participants representing business, non-governmental organizations and universities worked together in groups on the main issues of the event, namely:

1) Promotion of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises;

2) Assessment of the effectiveness of the National Contact Point (NCP);

3) Website for the NCP;

4) Awareness Questionnaire on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

5) Operation of the working group and the Advisory Board.

Outcomes of the group work:

1) Evaluation of the efficiency of the National Contact Point

The participants proposed to divide the performance evaluation into two parts: quantitative and qualitative indicators.

Quantitative Indicators Qualitative indicators
Number of applications per year (accepted/ disapproved/ reviewed/ solved
Number of organizations covered by the information campaign
Financial reporting
Awareness raising (survey)
Annual report
Themes of the applications
Quarterly update

2) Advancement of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

  • Workshops, round tables, discussion clubs, conferences, the opportunity to join as a speaker at all levels.
  • Business Associations (CCI, EBA)
  • Trade unions
  • Government Action Plan (preparation of projects)
  • Involvement of NGOs
  • Universities (promotion of the principles of OECD)
  • Study of experience (practices) of other countries
  • Promotional system at the national level
  • Promotion in social networks

3) OECD Guidelines Awareness Study

Aim: to determine the level of awareness

Targeted audience: business and other stakeholders

The main questions of the questionnaire:

  • Level of knowledge about the Guidelines
  • Level of implementation of the Guidelines
  • Knowledge of the National Contact Point
  • Expected actions (from NCP and the company)

4) Creation of the website

  • General information: Tasks and functions, Organizational structure,
  • Guidelines: General Overview, Full Text, Self-Test for the Company, Regulatory Framework
  • Events (experience)
  • Procedure for filing complaints: qualification requirements, standards forms of the documents, review procedure
  • Recommendations for the company: self-esteem and recommendations
  • Cases (information by subjects)
  • Contacts

5) The composition of the Working Group and the Advisory Board

  • Representatives: Government, Verkhovna Rada, local (33%)
  • Business representatives: Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, EBA, CCI (33%)
  • Representatives of the public: trade unions, public organizations (33%)
  • Regulations on the Board
  • Approval of the composition
  • Working committees

It is necessary: to improve the application, to develop the informational promotion and the procedure for making decisions on complaints.

If you have any questions regarding OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, please contact:
(044) 292 02 48, ms@csr-ua.info

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Information
The Center for CSR Development is an expert organization in Ukraine for responsible business. Currently it is implementing the project “Enhancing Ukraine’s Capacity to Implement OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises”. More information about the Center – www.csr-ukraine.org

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are agreed requirements in the area of responsible business related to enterprises that operate beyond the borders of one country, and are the list of principles and standards in various areas — from human rights, labor safety, access to information before taxation and environment protection. The Guidelines are a part of the OECD Declaration “On International Investments and Multinational Enterprises” and are applied to business entities that carry out investment activities outside Ukraine; exporters; importers; suppliers and subcontractors; business entities conducting licensed activities or performing activities within a franchise and franchising entities.

The National Contact Point is created by countries that have signed the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to spread and enforce the OECD Guidelines. The main tasks and functions of the NCP are: 1) strategic function, 2) educational, informational and advisory functions, 3) communicative and monitoring function.