National Contact Points
Countries adhering to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises support and promote standards for responsible business conduct through National Contact Points (NCPs). Sweden’s NCP is a tripartite collaboration between the State, the business sector and worker organisations.
About the Swedish National Contact Point
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines) are joint recommendations on responsible business conduct from governments to multinational enterprises regardless of where they operate. The Guidelines contain non-binding principles but the countries adhering to the Guidelines make a binding commitment to apply them. Adherents include both OECD member countries and a number of non-member countries. The Guidelines were most recently revised in 2011.
The Governments of the adhering countries have also undertaken to promote the Guidelines by establishing a National Contact Point to which different stakeholders can report enterprises they consider have breached the Guidelines. The NCP is also required to provide information on and promote the implementation of the Guidelines, and to serve as a forum for dialogue on issues related to their implementation. The NCP cannot review court decisions but can give recommendations and mediate between parties.
Sweden's NCP is a tripartite collaboration between the State, the business sector and trade unions. The business sector is represented by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the Swedish Trade Federation. The trade unions are represented by the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations, the Confederation of Professional Employees, Unionen and IF Metall. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is the NCP Chair and Convener.
Guidelines for responsible business conduct
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions all aim to encourage enterprises to promote sustainable business practices.
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
UN Global Compact
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
ILO Core Conventions
1. Jijnjevaerie Sami village complaint against Statkraft
On 29 October 2012 Jijnjevaerie Sami village filed a complaint against Norwegian power company Statkraft with the Swedish and Norwegian NCPs. The complaint alleges that Statkraft breaches the rights of the indigenous population, in this case the Sami people, through its adverse environmental impact on the areas where they pursue reindeer herding. The Swedish and Norwegian NCPs have produced a joint initial assessment on the case. The complaint and statement can be downloaded below. In February 2014 the Swedish and Norwegian NCPs appointed former President of the Court of Appeal Anders Iacobaeus as mediator to facilitate dialogue between Jijnjevaerie Sami village and Statkraft. On 9 February 2016 the Swedish and Norwegian NCPs published a final statement and press release. Statkraft SCA Vind AB (SSVAB) and Jijnjevaerie Sami village reached an agreement on compensation for infringement and the adverse impact of the wind farms that SSVAB built in Västernorrland and Jämtland and where the Sami village is affected.
2. Swedwatch complaint against Electrolux
On 9 April 2013 Swedwatch filed a complaint against Electrolux AB with the Swedish NCP. The complaint concerns an Electrolux wholly-owned subsidiary in Thailand and its conduct following wage negotiations with trade union members. On 23 September 2013 the NCP issued a statement.
3. Swedwatch complaint against Mölnlycke
On 9 April 2013 Swedwatch filed a complaint against Mölnlycke Health Care AB with the Swedish NCP. The complaint concerns one of Mölnlycke's factories in Thailand. Here too, the complaint concerns the company's conduct in connection with wage negotiations. On 23 September 2013 the NCP issued a statement.
4. Lumière Synergie pour le Développement and Takkom Jerry complaint against Nykomb Synergetics Development
On 7 May 2015 Lumière Synergie pour le Développement and Takkom Jerry Polyvalence Culturelle et Environnementale filed a complaint against Nykomb Synergetics Development AB with the Swedish NCP. The complaint alleges that the company did not respect the OECD Guidelines in connection with the construction of a coal power plant in Senegal and that the project will have adverse social and environmental impacts. Compagnie d'Electricité du Senegal is implementing the project in Sendou. The complaint can be downloaded below. On 3 December 2015 the NCP issued an initial assessment, which can be downloaded below.