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.
The European Commission has proposed an integrated EU approach to stop profits from trading minerals being used to fund armed conflicts. The package of measures aims to make it more difficult for armed groups in conflict-affected and high-risk areas to finance their activities through the mining of and trade in minerals.
This conference focused on recent reforms undertaken by the government to improve the investment climate in Myanmar, and the ways that the international community can help ensure that renewed investor interest contributes to sustainable and inclusive development. It featured a discussion of the detailed finding of the recently released OECD Investment Policy Review of Myanmar.
The 2013 Annual Report describes the activities undertaken to promote the observance of the Guidelines during the implementation cycle of June 2012-June 2013. This includes the launch of the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC), the establishment of a Working Party on RBC, and the elaboration of a robust multi-stakeholder proactive agenda to promote the observance of the principles and standards found in the Guidelines.
Jointly organised by the OECD and ESCAP, this conference focused on the role of governments in supporting and facilitating more sustainable and inclusive business practices in the Asia-Pacific region.
Participants in this multi-stakeholder meeting reviewed and discussed the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and in the 3Ts supply chain to ensure that companies avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices.
This event aimed to highlight the complex transformation taking place in Myanmar and analyse the challenges that the country is addressing in order to achieve strong, sustainable growth. A technical panel analysed how the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises can contribute to this growth.
This series of webinars targeting different actors in the supply chain focused on how to responsibly source gold from conflict-affected and high-risk and areas. The webinars were conducted by the OECD and industry peers.
This meeting will address high-level systematic approaches to responsible business conduct and identify priority areas for future action. In the wake of the Rana Plaza tragedy, Her Excellency Dr. Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Bangladesh, will open the Forum and participate in a special session on Bangladesh and the textile industry.
The OECD is deeply saddened by the tragedy at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. Our hearts go out to all of those affected. This event is a dramatic wakeup call for the international textile industry, governments, and other stakeholders to address the risks before they result in tragedies such as this.