Guidelines for multinational enterprises

Environment and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Corporate Tools and Approaches



Sound environmental management is an important contribution to sustainable development, and it is increasingly seen as both a business responsibility and a business opportunity. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises recommend that managers of enterprises give appropriate attention to environmental issues within their business strategies and day-to-day operations. The Environment Chapter of the Guidelines encourages multinational enterprises to raise their environmental performance by improving internal environmental management practices and seeking continuous environmental improvements. These can be achieved through a range of tools and approaches relating to environmental management, such as engaging in public information and stakeholder consultation; assessing environmental impacts through the whole life cycle of  processes; acting with precaution; providing for contingency planning; ensuring environmental training and contributing to the development of environmental policy. 

This book provides an overview of the main tools and approaches available to enterprises wishing to put the Environment chapter of the OECD Guidelines into practice. Its numerous examples of companies’ experience with these tools show that sound environmental management is an integral part of sound business.

This publication can be browsed for free in 6 language versions [ English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese ] and hard copies can be purchased in French or English via our Online Bookshop.


A summary booklet is also available free of charge in 6 language versions [ Chinese, English, FrenchGerman, Russian and Spanish  ]

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