High-level Panel on Catalysing Quality Infrastructure Investment to Build-Back-Better


5 October 2021  Virtual meeting | 1:00pm-1:45pm (CEST)

Quality infrastructure investment that respects human rights and good labour practices, protects the environment, promotes social inclusion, embeds openness and transparency, and encourages a level playing-field is critical for addressing many of  the most pressing problems faced by both OECD and non-OECD economies as they seek to "build-back-better" from the COVID-19 crisis.

In co-operation with the United States, Japanese and Australian governments, the OECD hosted a High-Level Panel to discuss how operationalising Quality Infrastructure Investment through the Blue Dot Network can increase investment in developed and emerging economies, accelerate decarbonisation, promote greater consistency in ESG infrastructure investing, and attenuate certain political and social risks. Panellists shared insights on how to catalyse the Blue Dot Network certification framework in a manner that is inclusive and delivers long-term value for all. This event was the second Blue Dot Network Executive Consultation Group meeting and a side event at the 2021 OECD Ministerial Meeting.


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U.S. State Department Media Note: U.S. and OECD Co-Host Panel on Quality Infrastructure and the Blue Dot Network


Event agenda




  • The Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, US Department of State, United States

  • Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General, OECD

  • Yves Perrier, Chair, Amundi

  • Sharan Burrow, Secretary General, International Trade Union Confederation

  • Brendan Bechtel, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Bechtel

Moderator: Francine Lacqua, Editor-at-large and Anchor, Bloomberg


About the Blue Dot Network - The Blue Dot Network, launched by the governments of the United States, Australia and Japan, is a global certification framework that will distinguish quality infrastructure projects that uphold robust standards relating to the environment and climate, labour and social safeguards, transparency and integrity, financial sustainability and economic efficiency. Focused on closing the infrastructure investment gap, this innovative solution grounded in shared values will mobilise trusted networks of stakeholders from across the public, private and civil society sectors. The OECD's Trust in Business Initiative coordinates technical support on the Blue Dot Network.

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Documents and links

OECD and the Blue Dot Network - Designing a global framework for quality infrastructure

Towards a global certification framework for quality infrastructure investment: Private sector and civil society perspectives on the Blue Dot Network

News release - OECD and Global Executives engage with the Blue Dot Network to develop Certification for quality infrastructure investment | en français

OECD Trust in Business Initiative


Previous events

Inaugural Blue Dot Network Executive Consultation Group Meeting

OECD Business Integrity Roundtable

OECD Trust in Business Forum


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