The OECD in collaboration with the European Commission is conducting a multi-year project to offer tailored policy advice to countries and regions on how to develop linkages between foreign direct investment (FDI) and local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and how to strengthen FDI-SME ecosystems that can create more opportunities of productivity and innovation spillovers.
Divestments are a frequent yet understudied corporate phenomenon. The authors outline key findings on the drivers of divestment by multinational enterprises using a large firm-level dataset and call for further research and a more explicit focus on divestments in data collection and policymaking in this article from Columbia FDI Perspectives.
The D4SME network wants to highlight cases in which business owners are weathering the turmoil and using digital tools to stay afloat in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak. But also to use these cases as a starting point to discuss how this “accelerated” digitalisation can impact SMEs’ business models in the longer term.
11 May 2020 - This note reviews the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on international investment flows and government responses. It summarises the findings of the OECD IPA Network meeting on 9 April 2020 and outlines short-term and long-term responses.
4 May 2020 - FDI flows are expected to fall by more than 30% in 2020 even under the most optimistic scenario for the success of the public health and economic support policy measures taken by governments to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession.
SMEs are particularly at risk of failure from prolonged coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures, and account for 75% of all jobs in directly affected sectors.
On the occasion of the release of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Business Conduct, the OECD’s Tyler Gillard looks at how governments can encourage international standards of responsible business conduct in business activities and supply chains.
In a vigorous policy debate over investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), adjudicator selection has emerged as an important new subject. The OECD’s David Gaukrodger looks at why adjudicator selection is attracting attention.
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State-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the energy sector are major producers of greenhouse gases. But new OECD research shows that they are also driving the growth of renewables, particularly in the electricity sector. Dirk Röttgers and Bill Below of the OECD look at why SOEs must play a more substantial role in steering decarbonisation efforts towards the 2 degree goal.
15 September 2017 - A complaint submitted in 2015 by former workers of Heineken’s subsidiary Bralima in the Democratic Republic of Congo was successfully resolved recently. This article by Roel Nieuwenkamp explains the circumstances and why this agreement is being hailed as historic.