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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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