The NCP shall raise awareness about the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and give advice and guidance in specific instances of alleged non-compliance of the Guidelines. All OECD countries are obliged to establish this kind of non-judicial grievance mechanism. How the NCPs are organised varies from country to country.
NCP Norway is established as an independent expert advisory body and comprises four independent experts. The expert panel is appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on the basis of recommendations from business (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, NHO), trade unions (Confederation of Norwegian Trade Unions, LO) and civil society organisations (Forum for Environment and Development).
The chair is appointed for four years. The members are appointed for three years, and can be reappointed for one more period.
New members appointed 1 March 2021
Frode ElgesemChairPhoto: © Fredrik Naumann/Felix FeaturesShow description
Cand jur, University of Oslo. Elgesem also holds a Master of Laws degree from King´s College, University of London. Elgesem is judge of the Borgarting Court of Appeal. Elgesem has more than 25 years of experience as a lawyer, both from the Attorney general for Civil Affairs and the law firms Hjort and Thommessen. He was admitted to the Supreme Court´s Bar in 1995. As a lawyer he has ben an advisor to central Norwegian companies on compliance issues with focus on business and human rights, anti-corruption and competition law. He has been member and leader of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar Associations and is member of the Human Rights committee of the Association of Norwegian judges. He has written the book “Business and human rights” (in Norwegian) together with Njål Høstmælingen. Elgesem has been a member of the NCP since March 2014.
Elgesem was appointed chair of Norway’s NCP 1 March 2019.
Cathrine DehliMemberShow description
Master of Science MSc, Norwegian University of Science and Tecnology NTNU, in industrial economy and tecnhology managment. Dehli is head of product and sustainability at Celsia. She previously worked for Rambøll, Cognite, Footstep.no, and has been director of sustainability at Nordic Choice Hotels. She has vast experience in working with sustainability, product and concept development to strategic sustainability development and implementation within companies such as IKEA, Nordic Choice Hotels and HÅG and with suppliers, business partners and NGOs (i.e. EAT, WWF, UNICEF). She is a chairman of the board of Fairtrade Norway, and board member in Norwegian Fashion Hub.
Dehli was appointed NCP member 1 March 2018 and reappointed 1 March 2021.
Beate Ekeløve-SlydalMemberShow description
Cand.polit. in political science. Ekeløve-Slydal works as a political advisor at Amnesty International Norway where human rights and responsible business conduct is among her key areas. She has more than twenty years’ experience with this area. She lecturers at universities and colleges, is in dialogue with companies, and lobby Norwegian and foreign authorities in respect to business’ responsibility to respect human rights. She is co-editor of the book “Menneskerettigheter: en innføring” , an introduction to human rights, which is translated to five languages.
Ekeløve-Slydal was appointed NCP member 1 March 2019.
Gro GrandenMemberShow description
Cand jur. University of Oslo. Granden is special adviser in the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), division for negotiation and HSE. She has previously been adviser to LOs division for working life, industry and commerce, and adviser in the Ministry of Labour in the division for the working environment. She is author of several books on topics related to unioin representatives, board committees, adjustment processes and corporate social responsibility. She is a member of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.
Granden was reappointed NCP member 1 March 2018 and 1 March 2021.
From 1 March 2014 to 1 March 2018 Ola Mestad was chair of the NCP.
From 1 March 2015 to 1 March 2018 was member of the NCP together with Gro Granden and Frode Elgesem.
From 1 March 2011 to 1 July 2014 the NCP consisted of Hans Petter Graver (chair), Elin M. Myrmel-Johansen (vice-chair), Jan Erik Korssjøen and Gro Granden. Gro Granden was reappointed as NCP member from 2014 to 2015.