The Round-table is an invitation-only event that provides participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and perspectives on a more integrated approach to sustainable development. Each of the annual Round-tables focus on a unique and current CSR theme. Past Round-tables included “Sustainable Development: Bringing together the environmental and social aspects” and “CSR and Global Value Chains.”
The Round-tables provide an opportunity for international organizations to better collaborate and align their activities, and gives member States a ‘one stop shop’ for discussing CSR issues with relevant experts within international organizations.
The annual Round-tables are organized by UNCTAD, ILO and OECD.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Division on Investment and Enterprise
The Division is recognized as a global centre of excellence on issues related to investment and enterprise for sustainable development. Built on several decades of successful experience, its staff provide international expertise in research and policy analysis, inter-governmental consensus-building, and technical assistance to over 150 countries. Its flagship product is the annual World Investment Report, its main global stakeholder event is the biennial World Investment Forum, and it is one of the organizers of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Multinational Enterprises Programme
The Multinational Enterprises Programme (EMP/MULTI) is responsible for the promotion and follow-up of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), which is the ILO’s key tool for promoting labour standards and principles in the corporate world. The programme receives direct guidance from ILO constituents through decisions taken in the MNE Segment of the Policy Development section of the ILO’s Governing Body, previously the Subcommittee on Multinational Enterprises. The programme aims to increase awareness of the MNE Declaration as a useful tool for companies, governments, and organizations of employers and workers; and to promote its effective use by facilitating a shared understanding of its principles.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The OECD works to enhance the contribution of international investment to growth and sustainable development worldwide by advancing investment policy reform and international co-operation. The OECD investment division is home to the OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises. The Guidelines are far-reaching recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries. They provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct in areas such as employment and industrial relations, human rights, environment, information disclosure, combating bribery, consumer interests, science and technology, competition, and taxation.