SUBMISSION: Improving Specific Instance Procedures

10 June 2018

Transparency International Australia (TIA) welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the ‘Improving Specific Instance Procedures’ consultation paper, dated 22 May 2018.

Our intent is to ensure grievances and complaints raised with the ANCP are handled in a timely, transparent and predictable manner, in accordance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Procedural Guidance, and meeting the OECD’s objective of NCP functional equivalence.

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (The Guidelines) are arguably the most significant non-judicial mechanism to promote responsible business conduct and provide redress when provisions are breached.

The ANCP has specific responsibilities to ensure both promotion of The Guidelines to business and other government departments, and access to redress through the Specific Instance process when communities and workers’ rights have been infringed, the natural environment adversely impacted and other provisions including human rights, disclosure and combating bribery have been breached.