5. National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

5.7 Pillar 1: state duty to protect

Section 5.7.3 The State-business nexus

Guiding Principle 4 [page 24]

PI19 Human rights due diligence by the authorities in public-private development partnerships

The SDC [Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation] also ensures that it does not enter into any public-private development partnerships with business enterprises which refuse to work with the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

5.8 Pillar 3: access to remedy

5.8.3 Operational principles: state non-judicial grievance mechanisms

Guiding Principle 27 [page 39]

P148 National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (NCP)

The states signatory to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are obliged to set up a non-judicial grievance mechanism in the form of an NCP. Submissions may be made to the NCP where multinational enterprises based in one of the signatory states are accused of failing to comply with the OECD Guidelines, which since their 2011 update also include a chapter on human rights.

The Swiss NCP forms part of SECO, but involves the relevant federal agencies in handling submissions, and receives advice on its strategic orientation and the application of the OECD Guidelines from the multi-stakeholder NCP Advisory Board.

The Federal Council regards the current practice of the Swiss NCP as appropriate and will continue to operate it in its current form.