Policy Coherence for Development

Civil Society and the OECD


The OECD recognises the valuable contribution that civil society can make to the public policy-making process, and attaches great importance to the Organisation’s own consultation and dialogue with civil society organisations (CSOs). This continuing dialogue builds trust in public institutions and promotes public understanding of the benefits and challenges of global economic and social

Over the last decade, the OECD’s longstanding cooperation with business and labour through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC)   has been complemented by growing co-operative activities with other CSOs, especially non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

This page provides you with a description of some of the OECD's work on the role of civil society in public policy-making and provides examples of the Organisation's co-operative activities with CSOs.

Recent initiatives and publications

  • OECD Forum 2004: Health of nations (12-13 May, Centre de Conférences Internationales, Paris)

    The OECD Forum 2004, Health of Nations, tackled some of the key issues on the international policy agenda, such as the health of the global economy, the health of multilateral co-operation and the health of our citizens. The Forum is a multi-stakeholder summit which brings together leaders from business, government, labour and civil society, and takes place at the same time as the annual meeting of the OECD Council at ministerial level. It involves the participation of an important number of OECD and non-OECD Ministers. 

  • OECD Round Table to discuss Freer Trade and Developing Countries at WTO Symposium, Geneva 27 May 2004
    To further progress towards a successful completion of the Doha Development Agenda, the OECD will  hold a roundtable discussion at the WTO annual public symposium in Geneva, 27 May 2004 from  11am to 1pm. entitled "Freer Trade:  What Does It Mean For Developing Countries?”  The discussion will focus on the changing nature and scope of market access.
  • Fighting Corruption: What Role for Civil Society? The Experience of the OECD
    This report provides an analysis of civil society's role in the process which led to the adoption of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.  It also shows how the anti-corruption initiatives developed with non-member countries contribute to strengthen the role played by civil society actors.

An outline of our work

The OECD has undertaken work on the role of civil society in public policy-making

    • Citizens as partners
    • Enhancing sustainable development
    • National transparency and consultation on trade and environment
    • Multilateral Trading System
    • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
    • Corporate governance
    • Fighting Corruption
    • Environment Policy
    • Development Co-operation
    • Biotechnology
    • Food and Agriculture
    • Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs)
    • Territorial Development
    • Nuclear energy

For further information

More information about this topic can be obtained on the Public Affairs internet site or please contact John West (email: john.west@oecd.org, tel: (33-1), and Meggan Dissly (email: meggan.dissly@oecd.org, tel: (33-1)


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