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The New Normal for a Sustainable Future

15-17 June 2021 OECD Virtual Event     Interpretation: French, Spanish


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The 9th OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct was held virtually on 15-17 June 2021. 

Today’s volatile and complex global business landscape, shadowed by worsening climate change, provides a renewed urgency to make responsible business conduct (RBC) the new normal for a sustainable future.  

Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

Overcoming the hurdles of a global health pandemic can be a turning point to fix our eyes more concretely on sustainability and resilience through deeper, more effective and more ambitious collaborative action to ignite, lead and advocate sustainable change in the world.

Discussions at the Forum explored what business conduct we need today in order to solve the challenges of tomorrow and whether we have the right standards and tools to make RBC the new normal in an interconnected world. Importantly, the Forum looked at how policy makers, business leaders, activists and citizens can integrate responsible business thinking into policies, action and ownership to bring remedy to people, meet the Sustainable Development Goals and tackle climate change.

Created in 2013, the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct is the annual flagship OECD event on RBC. The Forum has become the leading event for governments, businesses, trade unions and civil society to promote international dialogue on RBC and contribute to the effective implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.


Policymakers Roundtable

Held in lead-up to the OECD Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the Policymakers Roundtable on Regulatory Developments concerning Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) took place on the 14th June and convened policy makers from across economies  – in virtual format – to discuss and explore key developments and updates on regulatory developments with respect to due diligence for RBC.


Discussions included dimensions of environmental supply chain due diligence and how RBC can be fostered amongst SMEs. 


The Roundtable for Policy Makers was open to government officials and representatives from intergovernmental organisations.

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