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  • 6-November-2012

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    Unleashing business innovation in Canada

    This paper discusses how to improve Canada’s business innovation in order to boost labour productivity and output growth. Many general framework conditions are highly favourable to business risk taking and innovation, including macro stability, openness, strong human capital, low corporate tax rates, low barriers to firm entry and flexible labour markets.

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  • 19-October-2012

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    OECD launches online portal to boost product safety

    The OECD has launched an online portal to give consumers, businesses and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

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  • 17-October-2012

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    Sustainable Materials Management - Making Better Use of Resources

    Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is increasingly recognised as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth and the challenges that are posed by sustained global economic and demogarphic growth. One of the key challenges of the SMM approach is to effectively address the environmental impacts that can occur along the life-cycle of materials, which frequently extends across borders and involves a multitude of different economic actors.   This book outlines a series of policy principles for SMM, examines how to set and use targets for SMM, and explores various policy instruments for SMM.  In addition it provides examples of policy action plans from the UK and the Netherlands, before presenting a series of conclusions and recommendations.
  • 27-September-2012

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    Workshop: Skills Development for SMEs and Entrepreneuship (Copenhagen, Denmark)

    The upgrading of workforce skills is key to the competitiveness of SMEs. In today’s business environment there is a premium on innovation that enables firms to develop new products and services, new production processes and new business models.

  • 21-September-2012

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    Green transformation of small businesses: Achieving and going beyond environmental requirements - Environment Working Paper No. 47

    This report aims to help environmental and other competent authorities in OECD countries to promote green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyses different ways to establish environmental regulatory requirements for facilities with low environmental risk (most of which are SMEs).

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  • 19-September-2012

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    Resurrecting Industrial Policy

    Can governments play a positive role in boosting their countries’ industrial sectors? This OECD Observer article investigates.

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  • 13-September-2012

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    Innovation: Economic crisis and weak outlook hit R&D, says OECD

    Business spending on research and development has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with nearly all OECD countries seeing a fall in investment which could impact innovation and long-term growth, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 13-September-2012

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    OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook

    The STI Outlook reviews the key policy trends and performance of OECD countries and major emerging economies in a number of areas related to science and innovation based on the latest information and indicators. The policy and country profiles in the 2012 edition highlight the expected contributions of science, technology and innovation to a sustainable and lasting recovery from the economic crisis.

  • 12-September-2012

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    90th Session of the OECD Tourism Committee and OECD-APEC Forum on Tourism to be held in Korea

    The OECD Tourism Committee and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, are pleased to announce that the 90th session of the Tourism Committee, followed by a back-to-back OECD-APEC Forum on Tourism (APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), will be held at the Deogyusan Resort, Muju, Jeonbuk Province, Republic of Korea.

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  • 10-September-2012

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    Workshop: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz, Germany)

    The Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau in partnership with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) are working on defining and collecting measurable indicators at the regional/ local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

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