United Kingdom

Specific Instance to the UK NCP under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises filed by Global Witness against UK Export Finance

Jurisdiction:


Side A: Global Witness (Ngo)


Side B: UK Export Finance (Government)


Core objectives:

Whether UK Export Finance was in breach of the OECD Guidelines for Multi-national Enterprises by failing to contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement, disclose emissions, and rapidly phase out support for fossil fuels


Summary
On 16 March 2020 Global Witness filed a "specific instance" before the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises against UK Export Finance. The complaint argued that UK Export Finance was in breach of various chapters of the Guidelines as a result of its ongoing support for fossil fuel projects.

The UK NCP rejected the complaint and refuse its good offices on the basis that UK export Finance was not a multinational enterprise and the complaint was therefore out of scope.
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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