Demystifying the Due Diligence Framework under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Demystifying the Due Diligence Framework under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Help grow the Canadian brand and join us on October 17 for a 1-hour webinar to learn more about resources that can help you demystify and unpack the Due Diligence framework under the “OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises” and provide plain-language explanations of the OECD five steps due diligence framework to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for the responsible business conduct risks.

During this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • The “OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct” which provides practical support to enterprises on the implementation of its five-step Due Diligence framework under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
  • The “OECD Guidelines: A Manual for Canada” – an easy to use manual written by Canadian business leaders for Canadian businesses on how to apply the OECD Guidelines for different Canadian industries.
  • How the Government of Canada can help your company embed responsible commercial practices, including due diligence, in operations abroad and use non-judicial dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve issues before they escalate.

Jonathan Drimmer

Jonathan C. Drimmer is a partner in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He resolves complex cross-border problems with the benefit of having sat in every chair at the table: senior legal officer for a global 500 company, federal prosecutor, and seasoned advocate. He is a recognized international expert on anti-corruption and business and human rights, and is a frequent speaker, author, and commentator on issues related to both topics.

Before joining Paul Hastings, he was Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Barrick Gold, one of the world’s largest mining companies, with operations on five continents. The compliance program he built at Barrick has served as an industry standard, and elements of it have largely been duplicated by numerous other companies inside and outside of the extractive sector. Aspects of the program are the subject of a 2016 Harvard Business School Case Study.

Mr. Drimmer has directed hundreds of investigations around the world related to anti-corruption, human rights, AML and export controls, tax controversies, environmental incidents, public disclosures, fatalities and health and safety injuries, sexual harassment and discrimination, and other areas. He has represented companies and individuals in numerous government enforcement proceedings in the U.S. and overseas, in relation to FCPA and bribery claims, human rights issues, and a wide array of other matters. He has participated in dozens of major disputes in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, including transnational torts, anti-corruption claims, environmental cases, international arbitrations, tax disputes, construction claims, and land controversies.

Mr. Drimmer also has wide-ranging experience in helping companies manage multi-faceted dilemmas in overseas activities, developing and managing solutions that may encompass civil, criminal, regulatory, and political dimensions. He has designed a variety of human rights remedy programs, and has particular experience in representing companies in non-judicial and quasi-judicial legal proceedings involving human rights and transnational torts, including OECD National Contact Point disputes, claims before international human rights commissions, and inquiries by UN offices and agencies.

He previously served in the Justice Department as Deputy Director of the Criminal Division’s Office of Special Investigations, where he led cross-border investigations, first-chaired numerous prosecutions, and argued federal appeals. He was a partner at an Am Law 100 law firm in Washington, D.C., a former Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, and a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Drimmer served on the board of directors of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative from 2012-2014, and again from 2015-2017. He served on the board of TRACE International from 2012 until 2018, and currently sits on the board of the TRACE Foundation. He has also taught international law courses at Georgetown University Law Center for nearly 20 years.

Barbara Bijelic

Barbara is a Legal Expert within the Responsible Business Conduct Unit (RBC) of the OECD and works on promoting and implementing the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Within this role she contributes to developing sector specific guidance on issues around responsible business conduct, including with regard to stakeholder engagement in the extractive sector and the financial sector and in overseeing the OECD National Contact Point network.

Prior to joining the OECD Barbara worked as a fellow and consultant with the Carter Center’s Mining Governance Program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) researching governance challenges within the mining industry of DRC. Barbara has also worked as a researcher for the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the Columbia Law Human Rights Institute and as a business development officer with the Canadian International Development Agency. In addition to the DRC Barbara has field experience working on governance and private sector growth initiatives in Cambodia, Croatia, Ethiopia and India.

Barbara holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in International Development from McGill University. She speaks English, French and Croatian.

Deborah Gomes-Schultz

Deborah Gomes-Schultz is Canada’s new National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Deborah manages the NCP Secretariat located in the Responsible Business Practices Unit at Global Affairs Canada. She has a Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex and many years’ experience working on governance, gender equality, human rights and child rights issues and responsible business practices, from both a programming and policy perspective with formerly the Canadian International Development Agency, now Global Affairs Canada. Before joining the Federal Government, Deborah worked with CSOs in Madagascar, South Africa and Canada, and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

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