Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) describes itself as a club of 31 like-minded countries that are committed to the market economy and are the world's major industrialised countries.

OECD member countries have adopted the "Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises", a set of voluntary principles and standards to which multinational enterprises operating in or from OECD member states are expected to adhere. The Corner House has used these Guidelines to hold companies to account for their actions (see Process: Complaint Procedure).

The "OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions", known as the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, establishes legally binding standards to criminalise the bribery of foreign public officials. In its work supporting those affected by bribery and corruption, The Corner House has tried to ensure that the UK implements the Convention in domestic law and abides it (see Themes: Corruption).

The OECD's Working Party on Export Credits and Credit Guarantees agreed a "Revised Recommendation on Common Approaches to the Environment and Officially Supported Export Credits" (known as the Common Approaches) in June 2007, which set out environment-related requirements for export deals to qualify for support from OECD members’ export credit agencies (ECAs). The Corner House and colleagues in the ECA-Watch network have pressed for strengthened standards, including human rights standards, and greater transparency.