Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Co-operation between the European Commission and the OECD LEED Programme


The European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunties) and the OECD LEED Programme share complementary work and methods in the field of employment and social affairs.

Enhanced institutional collaboration includes the improvement of knowledge on local economic and employment development and the acquisition of joint experience and important lessons on four specific themes:

These actions represent an opportunity to strengthen the synergy between the European Commission and the OECD.  A certain number of joint activities such as publications and seminars are under development. 

More information on the European Commission's latest activities in the area of local employment development can be found at: Creating jobs at the local level.


LEED publications


DG Employment events & publications

  • "The interaction between local employment development and corporate social responsibility" (2009)
    In this study, Local Employment Development (LED), is understood as actions aiming at improving the local economy and the local labour market. CSR is the integration of social and environmental concerns into the business operations of companies and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis, that is activities which go beyond compliance with legal obligations. The study focuses on companies’ activities which aim at achieving a benefit for the enterprises’ employees, the market (such as clients, suppliers, business partners etc.) and/or the physical environment in local communities. The report summarises  the findings of the national analyses as well as the more specific issues covered in the 25 case studies. On this basis, it draws a series of conclusions and puts forward policy recommendations (Executive Summary, pdf 80 KB).
  • "Promoting benchmarking within local employment development" (2006)
    The European Commission launched this project at the end of 2004 in order to provide an overview of the use of benchmarking within local employment development (LED) and to promote its use, 'Benchmarking' being understood as the process of setting standards and learning from others.  A key element was a conference (September 2005) on the subject, which followed a period of research and analysis into the concept of benchmarking and its practical application.  A background paper has now been published (in EN & FR) along with a summary leaflet available in all 20 EU languages.
  • "Local employment development in the EU and the US: promoting successful policies and practices" Brussels, 13-14 June 2005
    In this conference experts and policy makers from the EU and the US came together to discuss employment policy issues of common interest.  Participants were able to engage in dialogue on their respective approaches to and experiences with local employment development.
  • "Practical Handbook on Developing Local Employment Strategies" (2005)
    The European Commission published a series of handbooks providing a practical tool for those involved in local employment development.  They indicate the best approaches for designing, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating successful local strategies and activities. There are 16 handbooks: one for each of the 15 Member States that were EU members prior to May 2004 (in own language and in English); and a general one for New Member States and Candidate Countries (in English).  Each handbook has a common first part, followed by country-specific chapters. (General handbook, pdf 430 KB)