About the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The Guidelines are far-reaching recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries. They provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct in areas such as employment and industrial relations, human rights, environment, information disclosure, combating bribery, consumer interests, science and technology, competition, and taxation.

The Guidelines were first adopted in 1976 and have been reviewed 5 times since then to ensure that they remain a leading tool to promote responsible business conduct in the changing landscape of the global economy.

The 2011 update took place with the active participation of business, labour, NGOs, non-adhering countries and international organisations.

The Guidelines are part of the OECD Declaration and Decisions on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises.


The updated Guidelines were adopted at the 2011 OECD Ministerial Meeting

25 May 2011 - (Left /right) Joris Oldenziel, Coordinator OECD Watch; Richard Trumka, President of TUAC and the AFL-CIO, United States; Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD; Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State and Charles P. Heeter, Jr Chairman Managing Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu BIAC. OECD Conference Centre; Paris, France.

MNE Guidelines - Responsible business conduct mattersExplaining the Guidelines 

Available in several language versions, this brochure provides basic information about
the OECD Guidelines for Multinational
Enterprises and their role in promoting
responsible business conduct.