Guidelines for multinational enterprises

Conducting business in weak governance zones - 2006 Annual Report on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

 

 

 

The Guidelines are recommendations to international business for conduct in such areas as labour, environment, consumer protection and the fight against corruption.  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 the 39 adhering governments have taken over the 12 months to June 2006 to enhance the contribution of the Guidelines to the improved functioning of the global economy.  In six years, the Guidelines have consolidated their position as one of the world's principal corporate responsibility instruments.

One highlight of this reporting period was the completion of guidance for companies operating in weak governance zones. The Investment Committee’s report entitled “Risk Awareness Tool for Multinational Enterprises in Weak Governance Zones” was adopted by the OECD Council on 8 June 2006.  The Tool aims to help companies that invest in countries where governments are unable or unwilling to take up their responsibilities – it offers considerations in such areas as obeying the law and observing international instruments; political activities; knowing clients and business partners; and speaking out about wrongdoing.

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