Finland NCP

TUAC Assessment

The information on the NCP is provided under the heading "Corporate Social Reponsibility". There is little information on the role of the NCP, how it functions or where and how to submit cases. TUAC is pleased to see that the CSR Action Plan includes a commitment to ensure that the "NCP has sufficient resources to foster effective application of the OECD Guidelines".

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Overview

OECD member Number of trade union cases 1 NCP Type Quadripartite (involving several Ministries, the social partners and NGOs)
Description The Finnish NCP is run jointly by the Finnish Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Ministry of Economy and Employment.
The Committee on CSR was established in 2008 by a Government Decree in order to foster national and international CSR. It was charged with promoting the "efficient application of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises" and acting as the National Contact Point, together with the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The Government Decree enacting the Committee stated that it should comprise a maximum of fourteen members in addition to the Chair and the Vice Chair, including representatives of public authorities, business, labour, NGOs and other expert groups. The Chair was to be proposed by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the Vice Chair by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Importantly the Finnish NCP states that on the request of the Ministry the Committee will give "its opinion on whether the enterprise has complied with the guidelines or not".

Procedures A complaint referring to a Specific Instance should be delivered in writing to the registry of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy (P.O. Box 32, FI-00023 GOVERNMENT, Finland), and a copy of the complaint sent by email to ncp-finland (at) tem.fi.

The complaint should contain the following information:
- Name and contact information of the complainant;
- Name of the company involved;
- Specific reference(s) to the section(s) of the Guidelines that are thought not to be complied with.

The Finnish NCP has developed a form for submitting complaints:
http://www.tem.fi/files/42031/Form_for_complaints_NCP_Finland.docx

Links to Procedures Finnish NCP: Form for Filing Complaints

Recent Developments The Finnish Government has published the 2011 OECD Guidelines in Finnish. It also published a CSR action plan on 22 November 2012 that includes commitments on the OECD Guidelines:

"The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises provide a comprehensive set of rules for responsible business conduct. With another 42 states, Finland has made a commitment to promote the OECD Guidelines by establishing a National Contact Point (NCP) to assist in the application of the Guidelines. Finland's NCP is the Committee on Social and Corporate Responsibility, appointed by the Government and operating under and with the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The Government considers it important that enterprises respect internationally recognised conventions and comply with CSR principles and
1 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: A renewed EU strategy 2011–14 for Corporate Social Responsibility (COM(2011) 681 final), http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2011:0681:FIN:EN:PDF.
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guidelines. Human rights and core labour standards must be respected and environmental concerns taken into account, including in long supply and production chains.
Finland is taking an active part in global processes where international CSR principles and guidelines are being developed. The objective is to produce clear, simple, and mutually consistent CSR principles and guidelines in order to reduce the administrative burdens on enterprises and other organisations. The Government will ensure that the NCP has sufficient resources to foster effective application of the OECD Guidelines.
The Government will also ensure that clear and easily available information is provided on international CSR recommendations and guidelines.
The Government encourages large Finnish enterprises to take up at least one international CSR guideline, such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the principles of the UN Global Compact, or the ISO 26000 Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility, as their guideline or basis for CRS policy. The Government also encourages large Finnish multinationals to respect the ILO Tri-partite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The Government will develop the criteria for monitoring CSR progress, by determining what international indicators are available and how they might be utilised.
Principal responsibility: Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Environmen

NCP Structure

NCP Chair State Secretary of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy NCP Member(s) Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Environment
Prime Minister's Office (FI)
Ministry of Social Affaires and Health
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)
Federation of Finnish Enterprises
Finnish Section of the International Chamber of Commerce
SAK
STTK
AKAVA
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Finnish Consumer's Association
Finnwatch ry
WWF Finland

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Contact Information

Full name National Contact Point for Finland Contact Name Jorma Immonen Address Committee on CSR
Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Helsinki
PO Box 32
FI- 00023
Telephone +358 29 506 4689
Second Telephone +358 9 160 62062
Fax +358 10 604 8957 Email ncp-finland@tem.fi
Second Email jorma.immonen@tem.fi
NCP Website http://www.tem.fi/en/enterprises/corporate_social_responsibility_(csr)/oecd_guidelines_and_specific_instances
This web site is in English

Validation

Date content last checked12/04/2016 TUAC affiliate validated NCP validated OECD Watch Member Validated