Sustainability and competition


 December 2020 (to be confirmed)  Paris  

Public and private entities across the globe are called to strengthen their commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which include, among others, tackling poverty and inequality, promoting sustainable agriculture, supporting affordable and clean energy, promoting responsible consumption and production, protecting labour rights and fight climate change. In this context, a potential conflict between the sustainability goals and the protection of competition may arise.

In December 2020, the OECD plans to address three primary questions associated with broader sustainability considerations and competition law: Is there a potential conflict between competition and sustainability goals? How is competition law enforced in cases that present sustainability issues, and how have competition authorities taken those into account within the existing analytical framework? What tools exist and could be used by competition authorities or other public bodies to enable them to take into account sustainability concerns?

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Competition policy and environment (1995) 

Environmental regulation and competition (2006)

Pro-active policies for green growth and the market economy (2010)

Horizontal agreements in the environmental context (2010)

Electricity: Renewables and smart grids (2010)

Competition issues in labour markets (2019)

Emission permits and competition (2011)


Better Policies for 2030: An OECD Action Plan on the Sustainable Development Goals (2016)

Competition Law and Responsible Business Conduct (2015)

OECD best practice roundtables on competition

More OECD work on competition


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