Two years ago today, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka collapsed, killing over 1,100 people and injuring another 2,500. The dead and injured were garment workers. This blog post looks at due diligence in the apparel supply chain.
This article by Roel Nieuwenkamp talks about the trend of hardening of soft law in the domain of responsible business conduct. It argues that legislative proposals related to existing international instruments should not seek to reinvent the wheel, but to reinforce it. Existing instruments that are widely recognised and proven to be effective and reasonable should represent a foundation for their legally-binding counterparts.
The promotion of responsible business conduct has taken an important step forward with the launch of a new reporting framework. Businesses now have no excuse for not explaining how they’re meeting their human rights obligations.
10 April 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey. Participants debated the content and the direction of the ongoing review of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. It also addressed issues of systemic importance to sustainable private sector growth, including the institutionalisation of growth companies and SMEs and capital market development in emerging market economies.
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One of the more startling findings in the OECD Foreign Bribery Report, is that some level of corporate management was involved in over 50% of the cases sanctioned. This paper by Leah Ambler, published in the Journal of Business Compliance (01/2015), examines what went wrong and why from a corporate governance and compliance perspective.
This programme focuses on the pivotal role that corporate governance plays for ensuring that the financial sector can serve the needs of non-financial companies in terms of access to capital for innovation, value creation and growth.
This report provides a comprehensive global overview of corporate bond markets since 2000 and experiences of governance engagement by bondholders. The report also analyses trends in secondary bond markets. It ends with a discussion about the scope for institutional changes that may build a larger community of truly informed and motivated bond investors.
The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), supported by the OECD, has initiated a study to assess the contribution of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) to due diligence for responsible mineral supply chains. To gather information for this study, SMEs were invited to take part on a confidential survey of due diligence activities by SMEs.
The Principles are being reviewed to ensure their continuing high quality, relevance and usefulness, taking into account recent developments in the corporate sector and capital markets. The OECD invited public comment on the draft revised text. Deadline for comment: Now closed.
26-27 November 2014 – Lusaka, Zambia: This meeting focused on combating corruption and promoting responsible business conduct in SOEs and was followed by a workshop on the governance of SOEs operating in the power generation industry. Participants launched and adopted the Guidelines on the Governance of State-Owned Enterprises in Southern Africa.