OECD procedures regarding surveillance technology against Gamma and Trovicor and regarding working conditions in Asia against KiK, C&A and Karl Rieker
ECCHR Evaluation, March 2015
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights require states to ensure access to effective remedies. The state must ensure access to complaints procedures and effective remedies as a result of its duty to protect which is established under international law. Victims of human rights violations by companies should have the ability to require effective mechanisms for dispute resolution and redress. This can be reached both through judicial and non-judicial mechanisms. While the legal requirements for judicial redress procedures at the international level have yet to be created, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises with their complaint mechanism on government level offer a soft law approach. In this paper, ECCHR evaluates the OECD procedures against the companies Gamma (United Kingdom) and Trovicor, KiK, C&A and Karl Rieker (Germany) regarding their trade in surveillance technique.