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The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

A briefing for civil society organisations on the strongest elements for use in advocacy

In June the OECD launched its new Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct (the Guidance). Due diligence has emerged as the fundamental and essential behaviour expected of any responsible business. The 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) and the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) raised the expectation of due diligence by companies to an international consensus. Until now, however, there was no agreement over what due diligence really means.

The new Guidance resolves that by clarifying exactly what is expected of business to prevent harm and conduct business responsibly. The guidance is intended for use in all sectors of the economy and by all companies, regardless of size, geographical location or value chain position. It was developed over a two-year period through a credible, multi-stakeholder process involving governments, business, unions, and civil society. The Guidance clarifies and elaborates several key concepts related to responsible business conduct and provides recommendations to business on how to fulfil these expectations.

In order to help civil society interpret and use the Guidance, OECD Watch and Amnesty International have developed a briefing for civil society.

Please download the briefing below.
Authors D. Justice
G. Quijano
J. Wilde Ramsing
Type Paper
Date June 2018
Theme Guidelines and regulation
Supply Chain Responsibility
Responsible organisation Amnesty International Sectie Nederland
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