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Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct
Chair:   
Ms. Christine Kaufmann   
(Switzerland)
Bureau Members:   
Ms. Assia BENSAAD   
(Morocco)
Mr. Detlev BRAUNS   
(Germany)
Ms. Maria Benedetta FRANCESCONI   
(Italy)
Ms. Deborah GOMES-SCHULTZ   
(Canada)
Dr. Marjoleine HENNIS   
(Netherlands)
Ms. Jacqueline Kacprzak   
(Poland)
Ms. Julia Lewis   
(United Kingdom)
Ms. Camilla ROSSAAK   
(Norway)
Ms. Maylis SOUQUE   
(France)
Ms. Melike YETKEN   
(United States)
Members:   
Open to all Member countries   
Lithuania   
Associates:   
Colombia   
Kazakhstan   
Costa Rica   
Morocco   
Brazil   
Peru   
Argentina   
Romania   
Egypt   
Tunisia   
Jordan   
Invitees:   
Russian Federation   
South Africa   
India   
Bulgaria   
Indonesia   
Malaysia   
People’s Republic of China   
Saudi Arabia   
Date of creation:
28th February 2013
Duration:
31st December 2023

Extract of document DAF/INV(2013)15/REV1

   The WPRBC was established on 28 February 2013 [CE(2013)5]. The mandate of the WPRBC is as follows:

1. The Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (hereafter the “Working Party”) shall assist the Investment Committee in implementing section I of the Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises with respect to its responsibilities in relation to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (hereafter the “Guidelines”) and related Decision.

2. The Working Party shall carry out the following tasks:

(i) To assist in enhancing the effectiveness of the Guidelines and fostering the functional equivalence of National Contact Points;[1]

(ii). To assist, in co-operation with the National Contact Points, in the implementation of the “proactive agenda”;[2]

(iii). To engage, on behalf of the Investment Committee, with non-adhering countries on matters covered by the Guidelines, in particular with those non-adhering countries that have a special interest in promoting the principles and standards in the Guidelines[3], in conformity with the Resolution of the Council on Partnerships in OECD bodies [C(2012)100/FINAL];

(iv). To co-ordinate with and contribute to the activities on the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct;[4]

(v). To periodically consult with BIAC, TUAC and OECD Watch and international partners on matters covered by the Guidelines; also consult with other OECD bodies, international organisations or experts as appropriate; [5]

(vi). To undertake other tasks relating to the Guidelines and responsible business conduct as requested by the Investment Committee.

3. Non-Members adhering to the Guidelines are entitled to participate in the work of the Working Party relating to the Guidelines.

4. The Working Party shall make regular reports on its activities to the Investment Committee.

5. The mandate of the Working Party shall remain in force until 31 December 2018 unless the Investment Committee decides otherwise.


[1] Cf. paragraph 5 of the Decision of the Council on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises C(2000)96/FINAL as amended by C/MIN(2011)11/FINAL.
[2] Cf. ibid, para. 8.
[3] Cf. ibid, para.3.
[4]The Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct was created in May 2012 [see terms of reference in DAF/INV(2012)5].
[5] Cf. paragraph 2 of the Decision of the Council on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises C(2000)96/FINAL as amended by C/MIN(2011)11/FINAL.
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