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 civils society representatives. Stakeholder representatives participate in a range of activities under the OECD Environmental Policy Committee (EPOC ), including conferences, workshops, expert meetings, etc. They participate actively in some of the Working Parties and expert groups under EPOC in their expert capacity. Representatives of stakeholder groups have participated actively in Environment Ministerial meetings since 2001. The Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment (JWPTE) also holds regular dialogues with civil society representatives.
Representatives of environmental NGOs, business, and trade unions are informed of EPOC's agenda, and their views on non-confidential documents. Business participation in EPOC activities is organised by the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), while trade union representation is organised by the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC). The participation of environmental NGOs is co-ordinated by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), and includes representatives of organisations such as WWF, World Resources Institute, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth.
Co-operation with stakeholder representatives is a two-way exchange whereby the OECD also participates actively in business, trade union and environmental NGO meetings and workshops; contributing to mutual trust and a better flow of information and ideas.