Corporate governance

OECD Trust in Business Initiative


Strengthening trust in the business ecosystem

The global environment has shifted: heightened interconnectivity, rising inequalities, slowing productivity, environmental degradation, corruption, disruptive technological innovations, and reshaping regional-global dynamics are transforming the role of business in society. This complex environment affects expectations vis-à-vis business. Increasingly in today’s operating environment, success is measured by long-term value creation, anti-corruption, responsible business conduct in value chains and maintaining the social licence to operate have never been higher on the business agenda. 


Yet, 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. The OECD Trust in Business initiative is a platform for leaders to catalyse good corporate conduct, examine market incentives for business decision-making and respond to the expectations of society in meeting current and future challenges.


The initiative promotes coordinated action to strengthen trust in the business ecosystem through:

  • Capacity building solutions
  • Research and knowledge creation
  • Ensuring implementation of guidelines and standards
  • Promoting partnerships
  • A forum for co-operation and collaboration

Directed by the Trust in Business Network (TriBuNe), the Trust in Business initiative is a global multi-stakeholder community committed to strengthening trust in business, by levelling the playing field and ensuring long-term value creation.


Interested organisations and institutions are invited to join the initiative.


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OECD Trust in Business Forum, 1-2 October 2019

Business Integrity Trends, Standards, and the Future of Compliance in a Post COVID-19 World, 24 March 2021 

Supporting the Blue Dot Network

The Blue Dot Network aims to operationalise existing international standards to promote a shared vision of quality infrastructure investment that is open and inclusive, transparent, economically efficient, financially viable, resilient, and environmentally and socially sustainable. The OECD’s Trust in Business initiative, in cooperation with the governments of the United States, Australia and Japan, has been engaged to convene a multi-stakeholder network to inform the development of a global certification framework.

As countries look to promote a sustainable economic recovery in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Dot Network will assist governments in making trusted and well-informed infrastructure development decisions that take into account the long-term costs and benefits of proposed projects.

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Compliance without Borders

Compliance without Borders is a capacity-building project to strengthen trust and integrity in state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This OECD-Basel Institute on Governance project facilitates the secondment of compliance officers to SOEs to strengthen risk management systems and address corruption-related risks.

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Trust in Business Network (TriBuNe)

The Trust in Business Network (TriBuNe) brings together governments, the private sector, and civil society under internationally recognised OECD guidelines committed to promoting trust and levelling the playing field through capacity building solutions, informed dialogues and ensuring standards implementation. Interested organisations and institutions are invited to join the initiative.

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 Perspectives on trust in business

Youth Perspective: What Does Trust in Business Mean in a Post-COVID-19 World?

How do the youth of today define trust in business and what significance does it bear on our lives and our futures? Victoria Bejarano, Mafhungo Nevhutalu and Sandra Omanhene are three young women who were born and raised on three different continents who have sought to find answers to this seemingly complex but important question.

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250‌Strengthening Trust in Business

9 September 2019 - The 2019 OECD Business and Finance Outlook provides an assessment of factors that contributed to a deterioration of trust during the Global Financial Crisis; reviews recent developments that could contribute to a renewed erosion of trust; and, offers policy considerations to help strengthen public trust in business and finance.

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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

Anti-corruption and Integrity Guidelines for State-Owned Enterprises


Corporate Governance and Business Integrity: a Stocktaking of Corporate Practices


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


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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