OECD Trust in Business Initiative


Restoring trust in the business ecosystem

The global environment has shifted: heightened interconnectivity, rising inequalities, slowing productivity, environmental degradation, corruption, disruptive technological innovations, and re-shaping regional-global dynamics are transforming the role of business in society. This complex environment affects communities’ expectations vis-à-vis business, with success being increasingly measured by long-term value creation. Trust in business and institutions is declining.


Generating trust is a key factor for establishing conditions of economic development, including the efficient allocation of capital, innovation, productivity, and business relationships. Government reforms and investors targeting long-term returns are driving businesses to reflect on whether they are meeting social expectations on business conduct and outcomes, and to reconsider current governance and decision-making models. Yet the private sector has been slow to react to changing expectations and decreasing levels of trust and enact the critical role they can play in developing robust corporate governance.


The OECD Trust in Business initiative examines how corporate governance models and market incentives for business decision-making respond to the expectations of society in meeting current and future challenges. It brings together corporations, governments and civil society members committed to strengthening trust in business. The initiative is organised around four main pillars:

  • Capacity building solutions

  • Setting standards and guidelines

  • Partnerships

  • A forum for co-operation and collaboration


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1-2 October 2019, Paris, France

The inaugural OECD Trust in Business Forum will take place at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on 1-2 October 2019.



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To find out more about how to participate in this initiative, please contact Isabel Cane ( or Xavier Leflaive (



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OECD instruments and resources



OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions 


2009 Recommendation for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions


Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics, and Compliance




OECD Recommendation on competition assessment


OECD Recommendation on effective action against hard core cartels


Best Practices for the Formal Exchange of Information Between Competition Authorities in Hard Core Investigations


OECD Recommendation on fighting bid rigging in public procurement


OECD Recommendation concerning international co-operation on competition investigations and proceedings


Fighting corruption and promoting competition


Challenges of international co-operation in competition law enforcement



G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance


OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises


Corporate Governance and the Financial Crisis


Accountability and Transparency: a Guide for State Ownership


Risk Management and Corporate Governance


Board Practices: Incentives and Governing Risks


Supervision and Enforcement in Corporate Governance





OECD Due Diligence Guidance


The Policy Framework for Investment (PFI)


OECD Risk Awareness Tool for Multinational Enterprises in Weak Governance Zones



2009 Recommendation on Tax Measures for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions


Standards on Transparency and Effective Exchange of Information


Recommendation on the Use of the OECD Model Memorandum of Understanding on Automatic Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes


Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations


Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes


Bribery and Corruption Awareness Handbook for Tax Examiners and Tax Auditors




OECD Strategic Approach to Combating Corruption and Promoting Integrity


OECD Recommendation on Public Integrity


OECD Declaration on Propriety, Integrity and Transparency in the Conduct of International Business and Finance


Policy Framework for Effective and Efficient Financial Regulation


Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance Handbook for Business


Behind the Corporate Veil: Using Corrupt Entities for Illicit Purposes


Fighting corruption in the public sector at the OECD



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