Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

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Annual
ISSN :
1999-0952 (online)
ISSN :
2220-5713 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/19990952
Next Edition: 13 Nov 2014
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OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations providing voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct for multinational corporations The Guidelines are legally non-binding. The Guidelines were adopted by the OECD on 1976 and revised in 1979, 1982, 1984, 1991 and 2000.

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Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2010

Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2010

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OECD
Publication Date :
16 Nov 2010
Pages :
242
ISBN :
9789264091399 (PDF) ; 9789264091382 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/mne-2010-en

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The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations to international business for conduct in such areas as human rights, labour, environment, consumer protection, the fight against corruption and taxation.  The recommendations are made by the adhering governments and, although not binding, governments are committed to promoting their observance. 

This Annual Report provides an account of the actions taken by the 42 adhering governments over the 12 months to June 2010 to enhance the contribution of the Guidelines to the improved functioning of the global economy.
 
Ten years after the 2000 revision of the Guidelines, work is starting on an update of the Guidelines to ensure their continued role as a leading international instrument for the promotion of responsible business conduct.  This edition focuses on three core issues for consideration during the update: supply chains, human rights, and climate change.

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    Foreword
    Définitions relatives aux branches des assurances non-vieTo many people, international investment by multinational enterprises is what globalisation is all about. Promoting appropriate business conduct by these companies is a real challenge however since their operations often straddle dozens of countries and hundreds of cultural, legal and regulatory environments.
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      Report by the Chair of the 2010 Annual Meeting of the NCPs
      Every year, the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises ("the Guidelines") meet to review their experiences in performing and promoting the implementation of the Guidelines. They also engage in consultations with the Business Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC), and with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), notably OECD Watch, to seek their input on how to further enhance the effectiveness of the Guidelines. This report reviews NCP activities as well as other implementation activities undertaken by adhering governments over the June 2009-June 2010 period.
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      Acknowledgements
      The National Contact Points and the co-organiser OECD Committees – the Investment Committee and the Environmental Policy Committee – wish to thank all of those who actively contributed to the OECD Conference on Corporate Responsibility, held in Paris on 30 June 2010 – 1 July 2010 (morning) in conjunction with the tenth annual meeting of the NCPs, particularly the key note speakers...
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      Key Findings from the 2010 Annual Roundtable on Corporate Responsibility
      This conference was devoted to the theme of "Launching an Update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises". Discussions took the form of three "brainstorming" sessions on supply chains, human rights and environment/climate change. This chapter provides a summary of these discussions.
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      Appendix A. Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises
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      Appendix B. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Text and Implementation Procedures
      The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines) are recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises. They provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct consistent with applicable laws. The Guidelines aim to ensure that the operations of these enterprises are in harmony with government policies, to strengthen the basis of mutual confidence between enterprises and the societies in which they operate, to help improve the foreign investment climate and to enhance the contribution to sustainable development made by multinational enterprises. The Guidelines are part of the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises the other elements of which relate to national treatment, conflicting requirements on enterprises, and international investment incentives and disincentives.
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      Appendix C. Background – The Role of the National Contact Points in the Implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
      The institutions that promote and implement the Guidelines are set forth in the OECD Council Decision, a binding declaration subscribed to by all adhering countries. The Council Decision requires each adhering government to set up a National Contact Point. These play a key role of any Guidelines institution in establishing the Guidelines as an effective and vital tool for international business (see Diagram). The National Contact is responsible for promoting the Guidelines in its national context and contributing to a better understanding of the Guidelines among the national business community and other interested parties.
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      Appendix D. Structure of the National Contact Points
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      Appendix E. Specific Instances Considered by National Contact Points to Date
      This table provides an archive of specific instances that have been or are being considered by NCPs. The table seeks to improve the quality of information disclosed by NCPs while protecting NCPs’ flexibility – called for in the June 2000 Council Decision – in determining how they implement the Guidelines. Discrepancies between the number of specific instances described in this table and the number listed in Section IV.a could arise for at least two reasons.
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      Appendix F. Contact Details for National Contact Points
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