Revision of the Procedural Guidelines for the Japanese National Contact Point (NCP) under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)
1. On September 30, the Japanese National Contact Point (NCP) under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) revised its “Procedural Guidelines” which contain its operational rules and changed its title to “Procedural Guidance”.
2. The revision aims to rationalize and clarify the Japanese NCP’s procedures, taking into account other NCPs’ operational rules and reflecting the Japanese NCP’s experiences so far.
3. The revised Procedural Guidance (PDF) and related documents can be obtained from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s web page. 4. The Japanese NCP will continue to work on the promotion of the OECD Guidelines for MNEs and the further reinforcement of the Japanese NCP’s function.
(Reference1: OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises)
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are a set of recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries to act responsibly on a voluntary basis. The Guidelines were adopted in 1976 and updated in 2011 for the fifth time since the adoption. 35 OECD member countries and 11 non-OECD countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Jordan, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Romania, and Tunisia) have adhered to the Guidelines.
(Reference 2: National Contact Point (NCP))
Countries adhering to the Guidelines are required to set up a National Contact Point (NCP). NCPs aim to ensure the effectiveness of the Guidelines by undertaking promotional activities, handling enquiries and contributing to the resolution of issues that arise relating to the implementation of the Guidelines in specific instances. The Japanese NCP is composed of the OECD Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Affairs Division of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Trade and Investment Facilitation Division of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.