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Companies can boost their stock market valuations and lower their cost of capital through improved reporting of intellectual assets and value creation strategies that overcome the limits of accounting standards. While there is an important role for governments and standard setters in underpinning such improvements, the OECD cautions against rigid standards in this complex and evolving area.
This Annual Report provides an account of the actions the 39 adhering governments have taken over the 12 months to June 2006 to enhance the contribution of the Guidelines to the improved functioning of the global economy. One highlight of this reporting period was the completion of guidance for companies operating in weak governance zones.
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The OECD has now taken an important step to facilitate the use of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. It has released a Methodology for Assessing Implementation of the OECD Principles.
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This draft document for discussion was prepared within the framework of Working Group 5: Improving Corporate Governance in the Middle East and North Africa of the MENA-OECD Investment Programme
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This document contains the terms of reference of the Middle East and North Africa Task Force on Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises which is organised within the framework of Working Group 5: Improving Corporate Governance in the Middle East and North Africa.
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This Declaration was issued at the third meeting of Working Group 5 on Improving Corporate Governance in the Middle East and North Africa which took place in Dubai on 27 November 2006. Further information about this Working Group and the MENA-OECD Investment Initiative is available at www.oecd.org/mena/investment.
The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on business and human rights, has just published a survey of the human rights practices of the Fortune Global 500 companies. The survey results include information on the Global 500 companies’ references to external instruments, including to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
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This report assesses progress of implementation of the six priorities and 36 recommendations for corporate governance reform in the Asian region formulated in the 2003 White Paper on Corporate Governance in Asia.
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This document reproduces the Report by the Chair of the Annual Meeting of the National Contact Points which was held on 20-21 June 2006. It will form part of the forthcoming publication "Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: 2006 Edition".
This annual report reviews recent developments in international direct investment, includes recent statistics and highlights policy responses that will help countries reap the full benefits of investment. This edition's special focus is on legal and policy issues arising from international investment agreements.