Corporate social responsibility

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

OECD logo. Copyright: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentIn contrast to the Global Compact and the numerous voluntary codes of conduct set up on the initiative of businesses, the OECD guidelines are the only multilaterally recognised and are the most comprehensive code applicable to multinational enterprises on which governments have reached agreement.

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises were adopted by the governments of the OECD member states as early as 1976. Having been first revised in the year 2000, they are now once again being brought up to date, in line with the changed context. They form one element of the OECD Declaration and Decisions on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises. The guidelines incorporate all the internationally recognised core labour standards.

The guidelines constitute recommendations made by gov­ern­ments to multinational enterprises with operations in OECD member countries. Implementation of the OECD guidelines is monitored at national and international level. The German liaison office is based at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Representatives of German ministries, management and labour organisations, business associations and NGOs are also involved in an OECD Guidelines Working Group that is part of the liaison office.

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