Business and human rights (BHR) and responsible business conduct (RBC) are fast-developing fields with converging approaches to business responsibilities. The convergence is demonstrated in the alignment of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and core International Labour Organisation standards. Governments, business, trade unions and civil society are all engaged in efforts in this area.
The 2020 OECD Investment Treaty Conference will explore how governments have integrated and are integrating policies relating to business responsibilities into their trade and investment treaties, and potential policy options. Trade and investment treaties can affect business responsibilities including through:
The annual OECD Investment Treaty Conference brings together senior policy makers and investment treaty negotiators from over 50 countries from around the world for exchanges with leading representatives of business, civil society, academia and international organisations.