29 June 2017 - On the occasion of the 5th Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, draws attention to the human rights abuse of modern slavery and makes a plea for reinforced international coordination and cooperation to help fight this unacceptable reality.
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Governments are the largest consumers in the global marketplace through the acquisition of goods, services and works to carry out their functions and to deliver services to citizens. This note sets a basis for reflection and discussion on the benefits and challenges of integrating RBC standards in public procurement.
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Policy coherence is crucial to ensure effective design and implementation of policies to promote responsible business conduct, including corporate respect of human rights. This note sets a basis for reflection and discussion on lessons learned from national action plans on business and human rights.
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Economic diplomacy, which refers to government services and support provided to business in foreign markets, has the potential to create incentives for business to behave responsibly. This note sets a basis for reflection and discussion on how responsible business conduct standards can be embedded in economic diplomacy.
30/05/2017 - Adrian Blundell-Wignall, Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Financial and Enterprise Affairs, argues that key corporate and financial issues must be addressed if globalisation is to work better for all. These issues are examined in the new 2017 OECD Business and Finance Outlook.
Globalisation has failed to create a level playing field in trade, investment and corporate behaviour, being one of the factors contributing to a backlash against openness in many countries and a decline in confidence in government institutions.
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These Practical Actions can help companies identify, mitigate and account for the worst forms of child labour in their mineral supply chains. They build on the due diligence framework of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
Practical actions for companies to identify and address the worst forms of child labour in mineral supply chains is for use by companies to help them identify, mitigate and account for the risks of child labour in their mineral supply chains. It builds on the due diligence framework of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
One of the main areas of OECD's work in the responsible sourcing of gold is to ensure that international standards do not further marginalise workers of the informal sector. This implies working on the formalisation of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) sector.
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Promoting responsible business conduct in the financial sector is vital to building a sustainable global economy. This paper will help institutional investors implement the due diligence recommendations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in order to prevent or address adverse impacts related to human and labour rights, the environment, and corruption in their investment portfolios.