OECD Due Diligence Policy Hub


 Helping governments promote RBC due diligence in law and regulation 


Governments are increasingly using legislation and regulation as a policy tool to promote more responsible business practices and sustainable financial flows. New legislation, in particular on human rights and environmental due diligence in global supply chains, has emerged across multiple jurisdictions in recent years. Many governments have sought to use OECD responsible business conduct (RBC) standards to support common approaches across companies’ operations, supply chains and business relationships.

This Due Diligence Policy Hub brings together technical papers, event information, tools and other resources to help policymakers in the design of legislation and regulation on due diligence for responsible business conduct. It is an important part of the efforts of the OECD Centre for RBC to help governments leverage the wide-ranging policy measures at their disposal to promote RBC, including in relation to RBC & public procurementRBC & tradeRBC & investment, and RBC policy reviews. 



OECD Due Diligence Guidance

OECD due diligence frameworks are the negotiated and government-backed global benchmark for due diligence. The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, which was launched in 2018, has been adopted by 50 governments and promotes a common global understanding on supply chain due diligence for responsible business conduct. The Guidance details the specific steps and key characteristics of the due diligence process that have been agreed upon by policy makers, business - including investors - trade unions and civil society. The RBC due diligence guidance builds on sector-specific OECD guidances that have been negotiated and adopted by governments in the minerals, extractives, agriculture, financial and garment & footwear sectors.



The OECD will host a policymaker roundtable on Tuesday 22 February 2022 to convene policy makers from across key economies engaged in the garment and footwear sector and its supply chain as part of the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

The Roundtable, an invitation-only event, is open to government officials from OECD members and adhering governments, governments from key economies in the sector and representatives from intergovernmental organisations. An agenda will be shared nearer to the event.


Policy papers 

Technical advice and input to policymakers on how to align legal expectations with OECD standards on responsible business conduct.



Company tools

Tools and guidance to help companies comply with laws and regulations that are based on OECD RBC due diligence standards.


Policymaker Roundtables

Policymakers Roundtables hosted by the OECD Secretariat on topics concerning RBC due diligence, including regulatory developments. The Policymakers Roundtables provide an opportunity for policymakers from different jurisdictions to exchange on key issues, good practice and challenges related to regulatory developments and RBC due diligence in a closed setting. 

  • Policymaker Roundtable on Regulatory Developments concerning Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct, 6 November 2020 (Agenda)
  • Policymaker Roundtable on Regulatory Developments concerning Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct, with deep dives on SMEs and Due Diligence and the Environment, 14 June 2021 (Agenda). 
  • Policymaker Roundtable sectoral events: Garment, Minerals

Blogs and commentary

OECD blogs and commentary on legal and regulatory developments relating to RBC due diligence.



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