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.
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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