About Estonian NCP
NCP Estonia has followed tripartite structure with the built-in participation of business, labour and non-governmental organizations.
NCP Estonia has close cooperation with representatives from different social partners: Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Employers Confederation, and Confederation of Estonian Trade Unions, Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Estonian Corporate Responsibility Forum.
The main partner in promoting CSR has been Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The purpose is to promote business ethics and introduce and support companies that are demonstrating socially responsible conduct.
NCP role is to bring parties together and attempt to facilitate a dialogue.
If a person or organization believes that a company is not following the OECD Guidelines, he or she can report that opinion to the NCP. Conversely, a company that has a conflict with a stakeholder that arises from the OECD Guidelines can appeal to the NCP.
If the NCP declares that the report is admissible, a mediation process will be launched with the aim of resolving the problem. At the end of the process, the NCP will issue a final statement describing the course of the process and the solution in relation to the OECD Guidelines. The NCP will publish a final statement even if the parties involved have not arrived at a solution. In that case, the NCP will not only describe the process, but also provide an assessment of the alleged violation of the OECD Guidelines, based on the NCP insights into the facts of the situation. NCP handling of a report cannot be considered legal proceedings, nor can compliance with the Guidelines be enforced by law. A final statement is therefore not a court ruling that can be appealed.
What are the Guidelines?
The Guidelines provide recommendations on voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct, consistent with domestic and international laws. The Guidelines represent the only multilaterally-endorsed comprehensive code of conduct that 41 countries have committed to promote.
Why have Guidelines?
The Guidelines address public concerns about the social, economic and environmental impact of Multinational Enterprises (MNE) activities on the societies in which they work (including and beyond OECD area) and provide an important framework for business in advancing corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Who are these Guidelines for?
MNEs recognize the value of adopting management strategies that promote responsible conduct as well as aligning their business objectives with community values. The National Contact Point provides a forum where MNEs, Estonian business, non-governmental and labour organizations can share best practices and voice their views and concerns on broad as well as specific instances.
Executive Officer of Enterprise Division
Economic Development Department
Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
e-mail: kaupo dot sempelson at mkm dot ee
tel.: +372 625 6350