Publications & Documents


  • 9-June-2016

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    The Financial Markets Outlook

    The global economy is caught between two major headwinds: the reversal of the investment-heavy commodity supercycle; and the "L-shaped" recovery in advanced economies caused by the aftermath of the financial crisis and the interaction of re‐regulation with low and negative interest rates. This report analyses these issues and presents a financial outlook.

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  • 9-June-2016

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    Tackling policy fragmentation: the key to getting onto a path of rapid and sustainable productivity growth

    Further structural reforms are needed to help the business sector boost productivity growth and overcome the key challenges of sluggish investment in advanced economies and excess capacity in emerging economies, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 9-June-2016

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    The impact of investment treaties on companies, shareholders and creditors

    Investment treaties are intended to offer foreign investors protection for their investments from host government conduct in violation of the treaty. This report examines how many investment treaties, as interpreted, have generated rules that can disrupt fundamental principles of corporate governance and corporate finance.

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  • 9-June-2016

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    Is foreign bribery an attractive investment in some countries?

    One of the most basic legal principles is that crime should not pay. Yet this report shows that, in many jurisdictions with weak sanctions, foreign bribery may be an attractive investment. It shows, in particular, that a company would still be willing to "invest" in a foreign bribery scheme even if it knew in advance that it would be caught and fined at the end of the bribery scenario.

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  • 9-June-2016

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    Fragmentation in clean energy investment and financing

    Scaling-up investment in renewable electricity is critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. Despite increasing cost-competitiveness, overall investment in renewables projects remains constrained by policy and market obstacles. These hinder development of a sufficient pipeline of bankable projects and affect the risk-return profile of renewable electricity projects.

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  • 9-June-2016

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    Launch of the 2016 OECD Business and Finance Outlook

    It is my great pleasure to launch this second edition of the OECD Business and Finance Outlook, along with the first edition of an accompanying Business and Finance Scoreboard, which has a wealth of statistical information relating to the Outlook.

  • 9-June-2016

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    OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2016

    It is seven years since the global crisis and despite easy monetary policy, financial regulatory reform, and G20 resolutions favouring structural measures, the world economy is not making a lot of progress. Indeed, the responses to the crisis seem mainly to have stopped the banks from failing and then pushed the many faces of the crisis around between regions—currently taking the form of excess capacity in emerging markets. Productivity growth raises income per head, allows companies to pay better wages and it raises demand to help to eliminate excess capacity and improve employment. However, this element is missing in the global corporate sector. The theme of this year’s Business and Finance Outlook is fragmentation: the inconsistent structures, policies, rules, laws and industry practices that appear to be blocking business efficiency and productivity growth.

  • 8-June-2016

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    Fourth Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

    Welcome to the 4th Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct. This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD’s main instrument for promoting better business practices. This is a good moment to reflect on the potential multilateralism. In the past year the global community has reached a breakthrough climate agreement at COP21 and established an ambitious set of SDGs.

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  • 8-June-2016

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    Conference on optimising global value chains in environmental goods and services

    Paris, 8 June 2016: Public and private sector stakeholders debated the policy barriers and drivers shaping trade and investment in renewable energy and other environmental goods and services in the context of global value chains.

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  • 8-June-2016

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    Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

    This Global Forum strengthens the international dialogue on responsible business conduct and provides a ‌‌‌platform to exchange views on how to do well while doing no harm in an effort to contribute to sustainable development and enduring social progress. The 2016 Global Forum will focus on achieving meaningful impact through responsible business.

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