G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance


‌The G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance help policy makers evaluate and improve the legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for corporate governance, with a view to supporting economic efficiency, sustainable growth and financial stability. First published in 1999, the Principles have since become the international benchmark. In 2015, the updated Principles were endorsed by the OECD Council and the G20 Leaders Summit.

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OECD Corporate Governance Factbook

Corporate-Governance-Factbook-150x200The OECD Corporate Governance Factbook provides easily accessible, comparable and up-to-date information about the institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks for corporate governance across 49 jurisdictions worldwide. The Factbook can be used by governments, regulators and the private sector to compare their own frameworks with those of other countries and to get detailed information on practices in specific jurisdictions.

Peer reviews

Flexibility-Proportionality-Corporate-Governance-150x200The thematic peer reviews that are carried out by the Corporate Governance Committee are designed to facilitate the implementation of the G20/OECD Principles and to help policy makers respond to emerging corporate governance issues. The most recent thematic review was on Flexibility and Proportionality in Corporate Governance.

Capital markets

Corporate-Bond-Markets-in-a-Time-of-Unconventional-Monetary-Policy-150x200Capital markets are undergoing profound changes. Their ability to effectively provide the real economy with capital for investment and growth is therefore an issue of increasing importance. This is prompting many countries to review the functioning of their capital markets to provide better conditions for financing private sector innovation, investment and growth. Capital market reforms are often supported by more competitive corporate governance regulations, including company law and securities regulation. The OECD reviews the functioning of capital markets, provides international comparisons and proposes how to improve corporate access to capital.



Implementation methodology

Corporate-Governance-Principles-Implementation-150x200The implementation methodology provides guidance for assessing national implementation of the G20/OECD Principles. The purpose is to identify strengths and weaknesses in corporate governance in order to identify reform priorities.




Corporate governance of state-owned enterprises

Guidelines-Corporate-Governance-SOEs-150x200The OECD works to ensure that state-owned enterprises operate in a sound competitive and regulatory environment to promote efficient and open markets at the domestic and international level. It advances national reforms in countries across the world, guided by the internationally-agreed OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE Guidelines).