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Conference on business responsibilities and investment treaties

 

16 March 2020 8h45 - 18h00 OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France

Business and human rights and responsible business conduct are fast-developing fields with converging approaches to business responsibilities. The convergence is demonstrated in the alignment of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and core International Labour Organisation standards. Governments, business, trade unions and civil society are all engaged in efforts in this area. 

The 2020 OECD Investment Treaty Conference will explore how governments have integrated and are integrating policies relating to business responsibilities into their trade and investment treaties, and potential policy options. Trade and investment treaties can affect business responsibilities including through: 

  • their impact on policy space for governments and in particular non-discriminatory regulation of business;
  • provisions that buttress domestic law or its enforcement, including in key areas such as labour, the environment, anti-corruption or human rights; or
  • provisions that speak directly to business by, for example, encouraging observance of RBC standards or establishing conditions for access to investment treaty benefits. 

This annual conference brings together senior policy makers and investment treaty negotiators from over 50 countries around the world for exchanges with leading representatives of business, civil society, academia and international organisations. 

 

 

 

 

 

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AGENDA

Draft Agenda

VENUE

OECD Conference Centre

REGISTRATION

Information on registration 

PREVIOUS CONFERENCES

2019 - Investment treaties and level playing fields

2018 - Treaty shopping and tools for investment treaty reform

2017 - Evaluating and enhancing outcomes of investment treaties

2016 - The quest for balance between investor protection and governments’ right to regulate

2015 - Investment treaties: Policy goals and public support

 

LINKS

Public consultation on business responsibilities and investment treaties

OECD Freedom of Investment Roundtable

OECD work on international investment law

 

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