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Name of Resource

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Type

Guidance on policy / legislation implementation

Country / jurisdiction

Global

Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Initiative launch date

2011

Description

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are far reaching recommendations for responsible business conduct that 44 adhering governments – representing all regions of the world and accounting for 85% of foreign direct investment – encourage their enterprises to observe wherever they operate.

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries. They provide non-binding principles and standards for responsible business conduct in a global context consistent with applicable laws and internationally recognised standards.

The guidelines are a multilaterally agreed and comprehensive code of responsible business conduct that governments have committed to promoting. The guidelines’ recommendations express the shared values of the governments of countries from which a large share of international direct investment originates and which is home to many of the largest multinational enterprises. The guidelines aim to promote positive contributions by enterprises to economic, environmental and social progress worldwide.

Availability

ARA, CES, ENG, FIN, FRA, DEU, IND, ITA, NLD, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SLK, SLV, SPA, SWE, TUR, ZHO: http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/guidelines/

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Name of Resource

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High–Risk Areas

Type

Guidance on policy / legislation implementation

Country / jurisdiction

Global

Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Initiative launch date

2016

Description

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas is an example of a collaborative government-backed multi-stakeholder initiative on responsible supply chain management of minerals from conflict-affected areas. Its objective is to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral sourcing practices.

The guidance is also intended to cultivate transparent mineral supply chains and sustainable corporate engagement in the mineral sector with a view to enabling countries to benefit from their mineral resources and preventing the extraction and trade of minerals from becoming a source of conflict, human rights abuses, and insecurity. With its supplements on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, the OECD Guidance provides companies with a complete package to source minerals responsibly in order for trade in those minerals to support peace and development, not conflict.

Availability

DEU, ENG, FRA, JPN, KOR, TUR, SPA, ZHO: http://www.oecd.org/corporate/mne/mining.htm  

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Name of Resource

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains

Type

Guidance on policy / legislation implementation

Country / jurisdiction

Global

Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Initiative launch date

2016

Description

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance provides detailed recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral purchasing decisions and practices. This Guidance is for use by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The OECD Guidance is global in scope, and applies to all mineral supply chains.

The 3rd Edition of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance was published in April 2016. This booklet contains the OECD Council Recommendation, the text of the Guidance, the 3Ts Supplement and the Gold Supplement. The updated version clarifies that the Guidance provides a framework for detailed due diligence as a basis for responsible supply chain management of minerals, including tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, as well as all other mineral resources.

Availability

DEU, ENG, FRA, JPN, KOR, TUR, SPA, ZHO: http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/mne/OECD-Due-Diligence-Guidance-Minerals-Edition3.pdf

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Name of Resource

OECD–FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains

Type

Guidance on policy / legislation implementation

Country / jurisdiction

Global

Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Food and Agriculture Organization

Initiative launch date

March 2016

Description

The OECD and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization have developed guidance to help enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct to ensure that their operations do not lead to adverse impacts and contribute to sustainable development.

The OECD-FAO Guidance proposes: a model enterprise policy outlining the company standards; a framework for risk-based due diligence; a description of the major risks faced by enterprises; a guidance for engaging with indigenous peoples.

Availability

DEU, ENG, FRA, SPA, UKR, ZHO: http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/investment-policy/rbc-agriculture-supply-chains.htm

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Name of Resource

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Type

Guidance on policy / legislation implementation

Country / jurisdiction

Global

Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Initiative launch date

2017

Description

The guidance supports enterprises to implement the due diligence recommendations contained in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Guidance is aligned with the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations and the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy. Together with its modules on due diligence for specific risk areas, the guidance provides enterprises with a complete package to operate and source responsibly in the garment and footwear sector.

The guidance builds on the in-depth reports of the National Contact Points of France and Italy on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines in the textile and garment sector and the leading initiatives from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. It seeks to respond to statements made in June 2013 and 2014 by the National Contact Points following the tragic collapse of Rana Plaza.

Availability

ENG, FRA, JPN, POL, RUS, ZHO: http://www.oecd.org/industry/inv/mne/responsible-supply-chains-textile-garment-sector.htm

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Name of Resource

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

Type

Guidance on policy / legislation implementation

Country / jurisdiction

Global

Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Initiative launch date

9 February 2017

Description

The Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct is based on the recommendations contained in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. In relation to human rights impacts, including impacts on the human rights of workers, it seeks to align with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations, and the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.

The guidance is not intended to reinterpret the guidelines but seeks to provide practical support to enterprises on their implementation by providing a plain language explanation of the due diligence recommendations and associated provisions in the guidelines. The guide can also serve as a reference for stakeholders to understand the measures businesses are recommended to take with regard to managing their impacts. It may be used by National Contact Points for the OECD Guidelines in order to promote the Guidelines.

Availability

ARA, ENG, FIN, FRA, ITA, JPN, NLD, RUS, SPA, ZHO: http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/OECD-Due-Diligence-Guidance-Responsible-Business-Conduct.pdf

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Name of Resource

Promoting Sustainable Global Supply Chains: International Standards, Due Diligence and Grievance Mechanisms

Type

Report / analysis

Country / jurisdiction

Global

Organization

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Labour Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group

Initiative launch date

February 2017

Description

The OECD and the International Labour Organization, with inputs from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, have drafted the complementary issue notes on sustainable supply chains at the request of the G20 German presidency. The paper addresses the economic and social impact of global supply chains, particularly in the G20 countries, the opportunities and challenges for ensuring that global supply chains maximize their contributions to sustainable growth and decent work, and some of the public and private governance measures already undertaken in that regard.

The paper addresses ways in which to achieve and strengthen responsible business conduct, focusing on key multilateral frameworks, such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the ILO Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, as well as on domestic legal and policy frameworks aimed at promoting sustainable supply chains; guidance on due diligence, and grievance mechanisms for victims of adverse impacts related to business operations.

Availability

ENG: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---europe/---ro-geneva/---ilo-berlin/documents/genericdocument/wcms_556985.pdf

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Name of Resource

Responsible business conduct for institutional investors. Key considerations for due diligence under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Type

Guidance on policy / legislation implementation

Country / jurisdiction

Global

Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Initiative launch date

29 October 2019

Description

The paper helps institutional investors implement the due diligence recommendations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in order to prevent or address adverse impacts related to human and labour rights, the environment, and corruption in their investment portfolios. The paper identifies key actions for asset managers and asset owners under each step of the due diligence process and includes discussion of key considerations, such as challenges, existing practices, or regulations specific to the investment sector which may impact due diligence approaches.

The paper is part of the work the OECD undertakes to clarify expectations of responsible business conduct in the context of enterprises operating in the financial sector. It describes due diligence approaches relevant for institutional investment managers and asset owners. It does not outline specific approaches for entities that facilitate investment. However, it may be a useful reference for these entities as well since the recommendations of the OECD Guidelines are also applicable to them.

Availability

ENG, UKR: https://mneguidelines.oecd.org/rbc-financial-sector.htm

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