16 March 2020 8h45 - 18h00 OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France
Business and human rights and responsible business conduct are fast-developing fields with converging approaches to business responsibilities. The convergence is demonstrated in the alignment of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and core International Labour Organisation standards. Governments, business, trade unions and civil society are all engaged in efforts in this area.
The 2020 OECD Investment Treaty Conference will explore how governments have integrated and are integrating policies relating to business responsibilities into their trade and investment treaties, and potential policy options. Trade and investment treaties can affect business responsibilities including through:
This annual conference brings together senior policy makers and investment treaty negotiators from over 50 countries around the world for exchanges with leading representatives of business, civil society, academia and international organisations.
A consultation paper on Business responsibilities and investment treaties by the OECD Secretariat was discussed by governments at the FOI Roundtable in October 2019 and has been made available for a public consultation in January-February 2020. The paper together with a compilation of public comments received during the consultation provides additional background for Conference participants and context for the individual sessions.