OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries. They provide non-binding principles and standards for responsible business conduct in a global context consistent with applicable laws and internationally recognised standards. The Guidelines are the only multilaterally agreed and comprehensive code of responsible business conduct that governments have committed to promoting. 


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Public consultation - Stocktaking exercise on the OECD Guidelines

In November 2020, the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct agreed to undertake a stocktaking exercise on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The purpose of the stocktaking is to take account of the key developments, achievements and challenges related to the OECD Guidelines and their unique grievance mechanism the National Contact Points for RBC, as well as the ecosystem in which the OECD Guidelines are implemented. In support of the stocktaking exercise, the WPRBC has developed a draft stocktaking report.

The OECD is launching a public consultation to ensure the stocktaking exercise benefits from views and experiences of all stakeholders. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders from all countries, including businesses, industry groups, civil society organisations, trade unions, as well as academia, interested citizens, international organisations and governmental experts (including from non-Adherent countries). In parallel with the public consultation process, the OECD is also conducting a consultation process to seek input on the stocktaking exercise from other relevant OECD committees and working parties. 


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OECD Due Diligence Guidance

Due diligence guidance 2018

This guidance provides practical support to enterprises on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. 


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Responsible Business Conduct thematic areas



The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises reflect the expectation from governments to businesses on how to act responsibly. They bring together all thematic areas of business responsibility, including human rights and labour rights, as well as information disclosure, environment, bribery, consumer interests, science and technology, competition, and taxation. This comprehensiveness is a unique feature of the Guidelines and makes it the only government-backed instrument covering all major sustainability risks. 



Criminal exploitation of resources‌‌

Climate Change

Sports and corruption

Child Labour 

 Artisanal and small-scale gold mining

Sustainable Development Goals

Public Procurement