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uk oecd mnes consultation November 2, 2009

Posted by Bradley in : consultation , trackback

Published on the same day as the credit card consultation (which generated an immediate response from the UK Cards Association) and by the same government department, the consultation on the terms of reference for an update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises doesn’t seem to merit the same sort of full court press and multi-format consultation documents. There doesn’t seem to be an mp3 version, or a plain English version, even though the document states that the:

consultation is relevant to a cross section of stakeholders, including.. businesses.. business organisations.. trade unions.. non-government organisations.. UK human rights institutions.. trade bodies.. international bodies.. consumer bodies.. law firms and legal bodies .. Parliament, and.. Government organisations

And the document also suggests that really early responses are more likely to be taken into account than later responses:

In line with Government’s code of practice on consultation views are invited within 12 weeks (i.e. by 25 January 2010). However, views received by 30 November 2009 would be particularly valuable in view of the next OECD meeting in early December. This meeting represents a major opportunity for the UK to influence the terms of reference of the update. Comments received after 30 November will still be considered and, where appropriate, put forward in writing. They will still have a chance of influencing the terms of reference but it may be more difficult at this stage to obtain the necessary consensus between adhering countries. To ensure consultation is as effective as possible, a UK NCP’s stakeholder event (9 November 2009) has been arranged, where we will also gather stakeholder views.

The document suggests responses may be submitted by email or by mail (even though there’s an ongoing postal strike). I guess that making it clear that you care about peoples’ responses to this consultation isn’t thought to be very important for the forthcoming election.


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