Business Promotes OECD Guidelines for Multinationals

As the official U.S. affiliate of Business at OECD (BIAC), USCIB praised BIAC on its promotion of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNE Guidelines) last week during a high-level conference that it organized in Paris. In a recent statement, BIAC noted that it views the responsible conduct of companies across markets as stipulated by the MNE Guidelines to be an integral part of an open investment environment, while stressing the need for practical and manageable expectations.

USCIB’s Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Gabriella Rigg Herzog praised BIAC’s commitment noting, “USCIB supports the OECD Guidelines and the comprehensive framework of responsible business conduct practices they represent. We welcome BIAC’s strong commitment to promoting the OECD Guidelines and encouraging their implementation.”  

The OECD Guidelines include a unique implementation mechanism in the form of National Contact Points (NCP). “The experience with the NCP system has been mixed,” said Winand Quaedvlieg, chair of the BIAC Committee on Investment and Responsible Business Conduct. “In some cases, it had a clear added value for companies, in other cases it was criticized. It is therefore important to have a common understanding among all stakeholders about the nature of the NCP process as a platform for mediation and problem-solving in good faith, which is different from legal litigation.”

USCIB will continue to support BIAC as it works with the OECD to underline the conditions that must be in place to facilitate the proactive engagement of business in the process.

Staff Contact:   Ewa Staworzynska

Director, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs
Tel: 212.703.5056

Ewa Staworzynska is USCIB’s Director of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs. Staworzynska brings to USCIB her extensive policy experience from both public and private sectors. Prior to joining USCIB, she led DoorDash’s policy efforts in international markets and was in charge of diplomatic relations. Before her position at DoorDash, Staworzynska was an officer at the International Labor Organization (ILO), where she worked multilaterally to advance support for decent work and related policies at UN headquarters. Staworzynska began her career in New York working for a real estate start-up. Staworzynska will be based in USCIB’s New York office and will work with Jose Arroyo, USCIB policy associate on corporate responsibility and labor affairs, on a wide range of issues, including human rights and industrial policy, responsible business conduct, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was born and raised in Norway and has a B.A. in Economics and M.A. in International Relations, with a specialty in International Business, from New York University.
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