This Users’ Guide is intended to help trade unions worldwide in
using the newly revised OECD Guidelines for Multinational
Enterprises in order to secure and protect workers’ rights.
The text of the Guidelines was agreed by all parties involved -
governments, trade unions, business and some NGOs - after long and
sometimes difficult discussions within the context of the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
An optimum outcome for trade union aspirations has not occurred
on all issues. But The Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
(TUAC) believes that much progress has been achieved, especially
when the new Guidelines are viewed in the light of earlier phases
in this debate. Trade unions are therefore urged to make maximum
use of this new instrument, in order to show governments and
business that the labour movement means business in securing
further respect for workers’ rights.
The Guidelines can also be used in trade union campaigns
involving key global corporations on issues such as human rights,
the supply chain, the environment, information disclosure, and
They can be useful in efforts to solve specific problems and to
create a favourable environment for social dialogue and agreement