Corporate affairs

2014-2015 Review of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance


Online public consultation‌

The OECD invited public comment on the revised draft text via an online public consultation between 14 November 2014 and 4 January 2015. 


First released in May 1999 and subsequently revised in 2004, the OECD Corporate Governance Committee is conducting a further review of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. The review process started in 2014 with the objective of conclusion within one year.


The OECD Principles are one of the 12 key standards for sound financial systems of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and form the basis for the corporate governance component of the Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes of the World Bank Group.


The rationale for the review is to ensure the continuing high quality, relevance and usefulness of the Principles taking into account recent developments in the corporate sector and capital markets. The outcome should provide policy makers, regulators and other rule-making bodies with a sound benchmark for establishing an effective corporate governance framework.


The basis for the review will be the 2004 version of the Principles, which embrace the shared understanding that a high level of transparency, accountability, board oversight, and respect for the rights of shareholders and role of key stakeholders is part of the foundation of a well-functioning corporate governance system. These core values should be maintained and, as appropriate, be strengthened to reflect experiences since 2004.


As the Principles are a global standard also adopted by the FSB, all FSB member jurisdictions are invited to participate in the review as Associates and have the same decision-making rights as OECD members.


The review will benefit from consultations with stakeholders, including the business sector, investors, professional groups at national and international levels, trade unions, civil society organisations and other international standard setting bodies.


Peer reviews - In response to the corporate governance challenges that came into focus in the wake of the financial crisis, the Corporate Governance Committee launched a thematic review process designed to facilitate the effective implementation of the OECD Principles and to assist market participants and policy makers to respond to emerging corporate governance risks. These peer reviews provide valuable background support to the review.


The OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises, a complementary instrument, are also currently under review.



Text of the 2004 Principles of Corporate Governance

Corporate governance peer reviews


Corporate Governance, Value Creation and Growth


Corporate governance and the financial crisis


Methodology for Assessing Implementation of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance (2006)


2004 Revision of the Principles


Financial Stability Board 




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