National Contact Point of Switzerland

The National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises promotes the observance of the Guidelines and discusses with the parties concerned all relevant issues so as to contribute to the resolution of any problems which might arise.

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations addressed by the governments of the 35 OECD member states as well as 12 other states to multinational enterprises operating in or from their territories. They apply wherever multinational companies are involved in business activities. Each participating state is obliged to set up a National Contact Point, which is assigned the following duties:

  • Raise awareness of the OECD Guidelines
  • Promote the implementation
  • Be available to advise in case of questions and queries as a platform for dialogue or informal mediator
  • Collaborate and exchange information with other NCPs
  • Submit annual reports on its activities during the annual meeting of NCPs at the OECD

In Switzerland, the NCP is located at the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) at the International Investment and Multinational Enterprises unit.

Information regarding the NCP, annual reports and references:

Establishing Contact with the National Contact Points

The NCP is at any time available for general questions as well as comments with regards to the OECD Guidelines or the National Contact Point.

Both individuals and any interest groups may address the NCP if they wish to raise a company behaviour which might be inconsistent with the Guidelines. The issue should be raised in the country where the violation occurred. If this country is not a signatory country of the OECD Guidelines and consequently does not have a NCP, the issue should be raised in the country where the multinational company has its headquarters. Although there is no formal template for such a submission, it is recommended to disclose its own identity and interest in the case as well as details about the company concerned. Furthermore, it is helpful for the work of the NCP to indicate reference to the specific provisions of the Guidelines, which might have been violated (Specific Instance Procedure (PDF, 117 kB, 24.02.2016)). The Swiss NCP can use the following languages for the handling of submissions: German, French, Italian, and English.

The National Contact Point of Switzerland may be reached at the address below:

Address

State Secretariat for Economy SECO
National Contact Point of Switzerland
Holzikofenweg 36
3003 Berne
              
Phone:           +41 58 463 12 75
Email:             afin(at)seco.admin.ch
             
Persons

Lukas Siegenthaler, Head of the National Contact Point of Switzerland
Alex Kunze, National Contact Point of Switzerland
Nadja Meier, National Contact Point of Switzerland

Specialist staff
Last modification 23.03.2017

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Contact in Switzerland

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
National Contact Point of Switzerland
Holzikofenweg 36
3003 Bern
              
Phone:   +41 58 463 12 75

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