Publications & Documents


  • 12-November-2012

    English

    Business start-up rates diverging across OECD economies

    Diverging patterns of business start-up rates are emerging across OECD economies five years after the sharp, synchronized falls recorded at the beginning of the financial crisis.

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  • 9-November-2012

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    OECD Observer: Restart-up?

    Start-up rates in OECD countries are slowly edging back to their pre-crisis levels, but not all countries have seen significant acceleration in new businesses, according to Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012.

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  • 7-November-2012

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    OECD and National Human Rights Institutions join forces to promote respect of human rights by multinational companies

    07/11/12 - the OECD and the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to promote respect by multinational enterprises of the new human rights chapter of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights upon which the OECD Guidelines are based.

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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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  • 5-November-2012

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    Inventory of investment measures taken between 1 March and 15 September 2012

    This report covers investment measures taken between 1 March and 15 September 2012. Information presented in this report has also been used for two joint reports by WTO, OECD and UNCTAD, released on 31 May and 31 October 2012, respectively, in response to the G20 Leaders' request of 2 April 2009 for quarterly public reporting on their adherence to their trade and investment policy commitments.

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  • 31-October-2012

    English

    Latin America and Caribbean: Conference on international value chains

    This meeting aimed to identify practical policy options for Latin American governments in the formulation of their investment promotion strategies with a specific focus on international value chains.

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  • 31-October-2012

    Spanish

    América Latina y el Caribe: Conferencia sobre cadenas de valor internacional

    Esta conferencia se enfocaron en políticas para la promoción de las inversiones internacionales en cadenas de valor para la creación de empleos y la competitividad.

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  • 19-October-2012

    English

    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

    English

    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.
  • 15-October-2012

    English

    Conference on International Corporate Responsibility Instruments

    Co-organised by OECD and ESCAP in Bangkok, this conference focused on how converging international corporate responsibility instruments can enhance responsible business practices in the Asia Pacific region.

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