COVID-19 and Responsible Business Conduct


The COVID-19 crisis has dramatically disrupted business and exposed major vulnerabilities in the economy and global supply chains.

Responsible business conduct (RBC) can serve governments and business in shaping responses to the crisis, and ultimately create short and long-term benefits. It can increase resilience, build a fairer and more inclusive distribution of benefits from the recovery measures, and a stronger contribution to sustainable development, to name only a few benefits. Adopting a RBC approach will ultimately help ensure that the environmental, social and other governance issues set down in internationally-recognised RBC standards are central in the design and implementation of both government and business responses.

This page gathers work on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on RBC and supply chains, and it presents views on how adopting a RBC approach and creating partnerships can build value and more resilient supply chains.




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Key materials 

OECD Policy note on COVID-19 & RBC | ESP

This note reviews the challenges the COVID-19 crisis presents for business behaviour and outlines initial responses by governments and companies. It describes the rationale and method for adopting a responsible business conduct approach to address the crisis and sets down the potential short-term and long-term benefits of such an approach.


Joining forces in LAC to help minimise the COVID-19 crisis and foster responsible and sustainable businesses | ESP | PORT

This joint statement by various stakeholders underlines the commitment of international organisations to supporting Latin American and Caribbean countries, business, employers, workers' organisations and other stakeholders in addressing the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 - Call to Action for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains | FR

The Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group overseeing the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains adopted a Call for Action in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Group calls for other organisations to heed the call and take action.


How can fashion brands mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on garment workers?

This blog looks at how the OECD Guidance on Responsible Business Conduct can help governments and businesses address the impact of COVID-19 and ultimately mitigate harm to workers and supply chains in the garment sector. 



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The 2020 Global Forum will be held virtually in two parts on 19 May and on 17 June.

On 19 May, thought leaders from government and business, trade unions, civil society, academia and international organisations will discuss how RBC can build value and more resilient supply chains in a post-COVID-19 world.

On 17 June, the focus will turn to the 20th anniversary of the National Contact Points and the broader remedy and accountability landscape. 

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More about the Forum

Related materials

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct




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