External Trade

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Austrian National Contact Point

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are the most comprehensive set of government-supported recommendations on responsible business conduct in existence today. 35 OECD countries and 13 other countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Tunisia, Ukraine) have committed themselves under international law to promote and implement these principles and standards for responsible business conduct consistent with applicable laws and internationally recognised standards.

The Austrian National Contact Point

National Contact Points (NCPs) have been established in all adhering countries to offer dialogue and conciliation platforms on questions pertaining to the OECD Guidelines.

One of the central tasks of the Austrian National Contact Point (Austrian NCP) is to enhance the awareness and effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines. The exchange of experiences and cooperation with other NCPs should also be fostered. The Austrian NCP serves as a contact point for companies, civil society, other interested parties and other NCPs.

The Austrian NCP also offers a non-adversarial mediation and conciliation platform on questions related to the application of the OECD Guidelines, in particular in the case of complaints against alleged breaches of the OECD Guidelines. By providing a forum for mediation, the Austrian NCP contributes to a solution of the raised issues in a manner that is impartial, predictable, equitable and compatible with the principles and standards of the Guidelines.

 

Contact information:

Further information on the OECD Guidelines, the National Contact Point and the complaint procedure can be obtained at the Austrian National Contact Point based within the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy:

Iris Hammerschmid
Austrian NCP for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
E-Mail: NCP-Austria@bmwfw.gv.at 
Telephone: +43(0)1 711 00/805240 or 805050
Fax: +43 1 71100 - 8045050
www.oecd-leitsaetze.at