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Establishing a corporate watchdog

Jubilee Australia's Resource Centre

Non-judicial grievance mechanisms provide an important complement to the courts for addressing corporate human rights violations. Unfortunately, Australia’s main non-judicial grievance mechanism, the Australian OECD National Contact Point (ANCP), has a dismal record in carrying out its functions

The Australian National Contact Point is an essential mechanism for promoting good corporate behaviour and access to remedy. It is also one of the main ways in which the Australian Government fulfils its obligations under both the OECD Guidelines and United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Canadian Government recently announced the creation of a ‘Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise’ to monitor the human rights behaviour of Canadian companies acting abroad.This might be a model that Australia could replicate.