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OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 

  • Target audience: private sector 

  • Industry: general/sector-agnostic

  • Year endorsed: 1976, latest update 2011

  • Overview: OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are a comprehensive set of government-backed recommendations on responsible business conduct (RBC) supported by the National Contact Points for RBC (NCPs), a unique promotion and grievance mechanism. The Guidelines acknowledge and encourage the positive contributions that business can make to economic, environmental and social progress, and also recognize that business activities can result in adverse impacts related to workers, human rights, the environment, bribery, consumers and corporate governance.

  • Links to other global instruments: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning MNEs and Social Policy, and OECD standards (OECD committees on Competition; Consumer Policy, Corporate Governance; Employment, Labour and Social Affairs; Environment Policy; Fiscal Affairs; and the Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions).

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