The OECD Principles of Corporate Governance are recognised worldwide as an international benchmark for good corporate governance. They are actively used by governments, regulators, investors, corporations and stakeholders in both OECD and non-OECD countries and have been adopted by the Financial Stability Board as one of the Twelve Key Standards for Sound Financial Systems.
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The OECD has long been at the forefront in efforts to develop international rules relating to capital movements, international investment and trade in services. Member governments have established "rules of the game" for themselves and for multinational enterprises based in their economies by means of legal instruments to which all members must adhere.
This Declaration, first adopted in 1976, constitutes a policy commitment to improve the investment climate, encourage the positive contribution multinational enterprises can make to economic and social progress and minimise and resolve difficulties which may arise from their operations.
Revised in 2011, these Guidelines reflect lessons learned from the financial crisis, including the need for a board with necessary leadership, expertise, and independent decision-making, effective risk management and internal control systems and integrated firm-wide reporting within an insurer, sound compensation arrangements, and well-understood group structures.
07/11/12 - the OECD and the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to promote respect by multinational enterprises of the new human rights chapter of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights upon which the OECD Guidelines are based.
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The 2011 OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are far reaching recommendations for responsible business conduct that 42 adhering governments encourage their enterprises to observe wherever they operate.
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The updated OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises were adopted on 25 May 2011. This page provides access to the text, implementation procedures, commentaries and related documents.
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Swedish translation of the 2011 Guidelines by the Swedish National Contact Point.