Guidelines text and commentary

This booklet contains the text, implementation
procedures and commentary of the OECD
Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Print
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Brochure cover for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - Responsible Business Conduct Matters Responsible business conduct matters: The Guidelines explained

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


2011 Update of the Guidelines

The Guidelines have been updated five times since they were first adopted in 1976 to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the global responsible business conduct agenda and a leading tool in the ever-changing landscape of the global economy.

The most recent update of the Guidelines was adopted on 25 May 2011 following a process of intensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.

>> Comparative table of changes made in the 2011 update (pdf)

Access earlier versions of the Guidelines in PDF format:
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I. Concepts and Principles
II. General Policies
III. Disclosure
IV. Human Rights
V. Employment and Industrial Relations
VI. Environment
VII. Combating Bribery, Bribe Solicitation and Extortion
VIII. Consumer Interests
IX. Science and Technology
X. Competition
XI. Taxation


OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises

The Guidelines are one of four instruments of the 1976 OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises, a policy commitment by adhering governments to provide an open and transparent environment for international investment and to encourage the positive contribution MNEs can make to economic and social progress. The other three instruments of the Declaration are National Treatment, Conflicting Requirements, and International Investment Incentives and Disincentives. Governments adhere to the entire Declaration – not only to the Guidelines – in order to ensure the holistic treatment of their international investment environments.