Guidelines for multinational enterprises

OECD Declaration and Decisions on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises

 

First adopted in 1976, Declaration is a policy commitment by adhering governments to provide an open and transparent environment for international investment and to encourage the positive contribution multinational enterprises can make to economic and social progress. All parts of the Declaration are subject to periodical reviews. The most recent review - completed in May 2011 - concerned the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
 

All 34 OECD countries, and 12 non-OECD countries have subscribed to the Declaration:

  • Argentina (22 April 1997)
  • Brazil (14 November 1997)
  • Colombia (8 December 2011)
  • Costa Rica (30 September 2013)
  • Egypt (11 July 2007)
  • Jordan (28 November 2013)
  • Latvia (9 January 2004)
  • Lithuania (20 September 2001)
  • Morocco (23 November 2009)
  • Peru (25 July 2008)
  • Romania (20 April 2005)
  • Tunisia (23 May 2012)

 
The Declaration consists of four elements (each underpinned by a Decision by the OECD Council on follow-up procedures):

  • The Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations on responsible business conduct addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries. Observance of the Guidelines is supported by a unique implementation mechanism: adhering governments - through their network of National Contact Points - are responsible for promoting the Guidelines and helping to resolve issues that arise under the specific instances procedures.
     
  • National Treatment: A voluntary undertaking by adhering countries to accord to foreign-controlled enterprises on their territories treatment no less favourable than that accorded in like situations to domestic enterprises.
     
  • Conflicting requirements: Adhering countries shall co-operate so as to avoid or minimise the imposition of conflicting requirements on multinational enterprises.
     
  • International investment incentives and disincentives: adhering countries recognise the need to give due weight to the interest of adhering countries affected by laws and practices in this field; they will endeavour to make measures as transparent as possible.

 

>> Read the text of the Declaration online

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Countries list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
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  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
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  • French Guiana
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  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
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  • Greenland
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  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
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  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
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  • Marshall Islands
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  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norway
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  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Administered Areas
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  • Paraguay
  • Peru
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  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
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  • Saint Helena
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  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
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  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
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  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
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  • Tunisia
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  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
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  • Uruguay
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