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OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

ISO 26000 as a 'tool' to implement OECD Guidelines

In practice appears that ISO 26000 is a good tool to enable compliance with the OECD Guidelines. The OECD Guidelines clarify the expectations that governments have with regard to internationally operating companies. They offer a point of reference for codes of conduct of companies, specifying how social issues should be addressed.

These guidelines are supported by 35 OECD member states and 9 member countries in cooperation with businesses, unions and social organizations. This means that the same rules apply to all businesses: Unfair competition is precluded (level playing field).

OECD Guidelines update 2011 connects well to ISO 26000

On 25 May 2011 all OECD member states signed a new version of the OECD Guidelines. The OECD Guidelines are now even more in keeping with ISO 26000.

Major modifications in the OECD Guidelines within this context include:

  • Addition of a clause on human rights;
  • Reference to SR ideas of the special representative of the United Nations, Professor John Ruggie, on human rights, due diligence and chain responsibility;
  • Due diligence recommendations;
  • Subclause on employment consistent with the ILO;
  • Updated clause on the environment, focusing on climate change;
  • Addition of the importance of stakeholders' involvement;
  • Addition of chain responsibility.

As the modifications are in line with ISO 26000, multinational companies can profit from the practical guidelines for implementation. ISO 26000 provides more detailed guidance in 'HOW to implement' and related actions than the OECD Guidelines do.

 

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