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Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2008

Employment and Industrial Relations

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The Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations to international businesses on conduct in such areas as labour, the environment, consumer protection and the fight against corruption. The recommendations are made by the adhering governments and, although they are not binding, governments are committed to promoting their observance. Part I of this Annual Report provides an account of the actions the 41 adhering governments have taken over the 12 months to June 2008 to enhance the contribution of the Guidelines to the improved functioning of the global economy. Part II of this Annual Report highlights key findings of the High-Level OECD-ILO Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Did you know? As of June 2008, 104,000 Web sites referred to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, compared with 25,000 five years earlier.

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Report by the Chair on the Activities 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. Additionally, a back-to-back roundtable with practitioners is organised to assist NCPs in better understanding the emerging issues and policy developments relevant to the Guidelines. This year, at the invitation of OECD Ministers and the G8,1 this event consisted of a high-level conference on “Employment and Industrial Relations: Promoting Responsible Business Conduct in a Globalising Economy” jointly organised with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 23-24 June 2008.

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