Corporate affairs

Corporate governance of state-owned enterprises


The OECD works to ensure that state-owned enterprises operate in a sound competitive and regulatory environment to promote efficient and open markets at the domestic and international level. It advances national reforms in countries across the world, guided by the internationally-agreed OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE Guidelines).

Good corporate governance is good business (Ann Low, Vice Chair of the OECD Working Party on State Ownership and Privatisation Practices)


2016 OECD Integrity Forum Special Session on Preventing Corruption in State-Owned Enterprises: Summary record / Forum homepage

Corporate governance of SOEs: Guidance and research

An extensive body of work analyses trends in state ownership across the world, identifying good practices and supporting effective implementation of the SOE Guidelines.


Country reviews on the corporate governance of state-owned enterprises 

‌View in-depth OECD country reviews of the legal and regulatory framework for state-owned enterprises.


Data on national state-owned enterprise sectors  ‌‌

‌‌Access comparative data on state-owned enterprise sectors in 34 countries, including information on their economic importance, sectoral composition and degree of corporatisation.


Global dialogue and regional networks

An international dialogue on state-owned enterprise reform takes place via regional initiatives and networks active in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa and Southern Africa.


Working Party on State Ownership and Privatisation Practices

The Working Party is the international standard setter for state-owned enterprise reform. View information on participating state ownership agencies, along with links to their websites.

Text of the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises

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