‘Accession’ is the process through which countries join the OECD as member states. Membership can bring states significant economic and political advantages. But in civil society’s view, membership must be earned through clear commitment to the OECD’s standards and values on human rights, environment, climate change, democracy, and rule of law.
Joining the OECD can bring countries improved standing among donors and increased access to trade and foreign direct investment. But before a candidate state may join the OECD, civil society believes its laws, policies, and implementation measures must genuinely show its commitment to the OECD’s standards and values.
Check out OECD Watch’s work on policy and advocacy to see how we are seeking to use the OECD accession process to encourage meaningful reform in a candidate country, Brazil.