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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OECD Recommendation on the Role of Government in Promoting Responsible Business Conduct

The Recommendation is an OECD legal instrument in the field of responsible business conduct. It lays out principles and policy recommendations to assist policymakers and relevant stakeholders in designing and implementing policies that enable and promote responsible business conduct.

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Public consultation - Targeted update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The OECD is working towards a targeted update of the OECD Guidelines for MNEs and Implementation Procedures to advance their uptake and promotion and ensure they remain fit for purpose. 

The OECD launched a public consultation to ensure that the targeted update benefits from the views and experiences of all relevant stakeholders from all countries (including non-Adherent countries): businesses, industry groups, civil society organisations, trade unions, academia, interested citizens, international organisations, governmental experts, etc.

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Stocktaking exercise on the OECD Guidelines for MNEs

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The stocktaking report assesses key developments, achievements and challenges related to the MNE Guidelines, the National Contact Points for RBC and the ecosystem where OECD Guidelines are implemented.

OECD Due Diligence Guidance

Due diligence guidance 2018


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This guidance provides practical support to enterprises on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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