Handling Specific Instances of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The OECD Guidelines comprise recommendations issued by states to multinational companies. They provide non-binding principles and standards for responsible business conduct in a global context consistent with applicable laws.

Finland is committed to promoting compliance with the OECD Guidelines. The Guidelines are supported by a mechanism of National Contact Points (NCPs), which are established by compliant governments to promote and implement the Guidelines. The NCPs also serve as a liaison and offer a forum for the settlement of disputes with regard to the application of the directives in individual cases.

Implementation of the guidelines in a specific instance refers to a situation where a party wishes to establish whether a specific multinational enterprise has operated in compliance with the guidelines. In such cases, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment together with the Committee on Social and Corporate Responsibility acts as the Finnish OECD National Contact Point (Government Decree 591/2008). Upon request of the Ministry, the Committee gives its opinion on whether the enterprise has complied with the Guidelines or not.

Procedural description of OECD Guidelines complaints and their processing

How to submit a special instance

For further information on the OECD Guidelines, see page Key guidelines on CSR.

Specific Instances in Finland since 2011

Decision on Initial Assessment on Pöyry Plc and the Xayaburi hydropower project, 16 October 2012

Final statement on Pöyry Plc and the Xayaburi hydropower project, 10 June 2013

Final statement on Stora Enso and Corbehem paper mill, 29 March 2017

Appendix 1. Stora Enso Oyj and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises complaint relating to Corbehem paper mill (France); Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility’s view

Further information
Senior Advisor Linda Piirto, linda.piirto(at)tem.fi, tel. +358 29 50 47028

Further information on the OECD Guidelines