Online public consultation - Stocktaking exercise on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


This public consultation closed on 14 September 2021


Achievements, challenges and opportunities for Responsible Business Conduct 


The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) reflect the expectation from governments to businesses on how to act responsibly in all areas where business interacts with society, including human rights, labour rights, environment, bribery, consumer interests, as well as information disclosure, science and technology, competition, and taxation. 

The year 2021 marks the 10th anniversary since the OECD Guidelines have last been revised. In 2020, the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (WPRBC) initiated a stocktaking exercise to assess the OECD Guidelines, their implementation and the OECD’s work on Responsible Business Conduct. 



The purpose of the stocktaking is to take account of the key developments, achievements and challenges related to the OECD Guidelines and their unique grievance mechanism the National Contact Points for RBC, as well as the ecosystem in which the OECD Guidelines are implemented. In support of the stocktaking exercise, the WPRBC has developed a draft stocktaking report.


Draft stocktaking report 

Submissions from BIAC | OECD Watch | TUAC

Public consultation


The OECD is launching a public consultation to ensure the stocktaking exercise benefits from views and experiences of all stakeholders. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders from all countries, including businesses, industry groups, civil society organisations, trade unions, as well as academia, interested citizens, international organisations and governmental experts (including from non-Adherent countries). In parallel with the public consultation process, the OECD is also conducting a consultation process to seek input on the stocktaking exercise from other relevant OECD committees and working parties. 


You are invited to use one or both of the following options:

Input can be submitted in English, French or Spanish. 

Please note that all written submissions will be made publicly available. Data from the survey disaggregated as relevant by stakeholder group and geographic location will also be made public. For the survey, you can opt for an anonymous or a public contribution (for more details see survey).

For any questions, please contact [email protected].



The public consultation will help inform the WPRBCs final stocktaking report planned for Q4 2021. This report will build on the draft stocktaking report (see link above) and identify key achievements, challenges and opportunities for Responsible Business Conduct. Based on the stocktaking exercise, the WPRBC will explore options to ensure the continued relevance and effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines and their implementation in advancing Responsible Business Conduct. 



Any personal data you provide as part of this consultation will be protected consistent with the OECD Data Protection Rules. Please note that your submission will be made public, as outlined above. Under the Rules, you have rights to access and rectify your personal data, as well as to object to its processing, request erasure, and obtain data portability in certain circumstances. To exercise these rights in connection with the consultation please contact [email protected].

If you have further queries or complaints related to the processing of your personal data, please contact the Data Protection Officer. If you need further assistance in resolving claims related to personal data protection you can contact the Data Protection Commissioner.


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