A nudge or a shove? What will it take to push responsible business conduct?

Tyler Gillard, OECD

16/07/2018

On the occasion of the release of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Business Conduct, the OECD’s Tyler Gillard looks at how governments can encourage international standards of responsible business conduct in business activities and supply chains.

Business is clearer today about both its development responsibilities (i.e. the Sustainable Development Goals) and the need to address the negative impacts of its activities (i.e. by conducting due diligence for responsible business conduct) than at any point in history. The great debate ahead, and one which evolves from day to day, is whether governments should gently nudge business into conformance with international standards of responsible business conduct (RBC), or give them a forceful shove.

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