Publications


  • 9-June-2016

    English

    OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2016

    It is seven years since the global crisis and despite easy monetary policy, financial regulatory reform, and G20 resolutions favouring structural measures, the world economy is not making a lot of progress. Indeed, the responses to the crisis seem mainly to have stopped the banks from failing and then pushed the many faces of the crisis around between regions—currently taking the form of excess capacity in emerging markets. Productivity growth raises income per head, allows companies to pay better wages and it raises demand to help to eliminate excess capacity and improve employment. However, this element is missing in the global corporate sector. The theme of this year’s Business and Finance Outlook is fragmentation: the inconsistent structures, policies, rules, laws and industry practices that appear to be blocking business efficiency and productivity growth.

  • 7-June-2016

    English, PDF, 633kb

    OECD Report to G7 Leaders on Responsible Business Conduct

    This note describes work undertaken by the OECD to support the implementation of the 2015 G7 Leaders’ Declaration in the area of responsible business conduct. Four areas of action are covered: outreach on responsible business conduct (RBC) standards to other countries; development of guidance for supply chain due diligence; monitoring of multi-stakeholder initiatives; and strengthening National Contact Points.

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  • 3-June-2016

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    Financial Management of Flood Risk

    The Financial Management of Flood Risk applies the lessons from the OECD’s analysis of disaster risk financing practices and the development of guidance to the specific case of floods. This report provides an overview of the approaches that economies facing various levels of flood risk and economic development have taken to managing the financial impacts of floods.

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  • 2-June-2016

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    Strengthening Responsible Business Conduct through Trade and Investment

    In order to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth, there is a need not only for more, but for better investment, including through investment policy frameworks that foster responsible business conduct (RBC). This paper describes the OECD's efforts to promote RBC through the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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  • 2-June-2016

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    Enhancing an Inter-Governmental and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Investment Treaties

    The call for international co-operation in the area of international investment comes as the investment treaty system shows early signs of transformational change. This paper describes this change and discusses how the OECD provides a platform for enhancing inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder dialogue, along with evidence to support fruitful policy dialogue.

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  • 2-June-2016

    English

    Contribution of Trade and Investment to increased Productivity, Growth, Jobs and Inclusiveness

    Given the important role that trade and investment can play in increasing productivity, strengthening innovation, increasing wages and improving working conditions, current low trade growth and below average FDI flows are worrying. This paper provides a series of recommendations to ensure that trade and investment stimulate economic growth to the fullest extent possible.

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  • 2-June-2016

    English

    Country reviews of insurance and private pensions systems

    These reports describe the main features of the financial, and insurance and private pensions markets of countries that have been reviewed by the OECD.

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  • 2-June-2016

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    Latvia: Review of the Insurance System

    This review of Latvia by the OECD Working Party of Governmental Experts on Insurance examines Latvia’s position with respect to core principles related to insurance systems.

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