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ACIJ vs. BNP Paribas

Case overview

Date filed 4 July 2011
Current status Concluded
Issue Breaching of general policies by BNP Paribas
Summary of the case In July 2011, the Argentinian NCP received a request for review by the NGO Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) alleging that the multinational enterprise BNP PARIBAS had breached the general policies and disclosure, provisions of the Guidelines in Argentina. The complaint alleged criminal activity was carried out by BNP PARIBAS in regards to improper management of assets, through perpetration of the offences of tax evasion, money laundering and foreign currency smuggling.

ACIJ requested that BNP PARIBAS recognize the OECD Guidelines, explain its policy on corruption, offer public apologies to Argentina and undertake a commitment to redress the damage caused.

Developments/Outcome In December 2016, the Argentine NCP issued a Final Statement stating that the ANCP had failed to analyze the filing of the case in a timely manner; therefore no decision was ever made in terms of whether or not to accept the complaint.

As the ANCP is working to restructure and improve itself, the new members of the ANCP made a formal offer to ACIJ on 2 November 2016 to update its request, but had not received more information from them. Thus, the ANCP has dismissed the case.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Financial sector

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Argentina
NCP address Esmeralda 1212, 9th floor C1007ABR Buenos Aires, Argentina
NCP website www.cancilleria.gov.ar/pnc
Other NCPs involved

Complainant

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible BNP Paribas
Company address
Company website
Company in violation BNP Paribas
Country of operations Argentina
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
15 December 2016 National Contact Point Argentina statement Final Statement download pdf (13Kb)  
31 July 2011 National Contact Point Argentina initial assessment The NCP is undertaking an intitial assessment of the specific instance and requested the complainants to update the NCP with any further information.  
4 July 2011 Asociación Civil para la Igualdad y la Justicia file Complaint filed with ANCP  

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