Who we are
An international business body working with multinational corporations and SMEs from all industries and sectors through close coordination with 55 national business organizations from all OECD countries and beyond.
A global network that collectively represents about 9 million companies of all sizes.
A trusted advocate and solutions partner with over 60 years of experience officially representing the global business community in all aspects of OECD policymaking helping them contribute to growth and prosperity.
Access to governments at all levels to high-level OECD meetings and global events on leading matters that impact how business sectors can operate on the ground across national markets. Our connectivity allows business representatives to meet both with government officials and OECD experts.
A global network of 2800+ business representatives that include small businesses and entrepreneurs, national industry and employer organizations, and multinational corporations.
Early stage policy formulation on major policy decisions, peer reviews, and key OECD policy instruments by being able to exchange input with OECD and governments on guidance, best practices, and principles that will affect business.
Advocacy platforms through direct participation in thematic conferences we, our members, and the OECD convene on priority areas for business. Engagement in international conferences ensures our business participants can amplify their messages with influential stakeholders.
Data and connections to OECD leading experts that our members can leverage to inform their policy debates. Members can access cutting-edge OECD data and analysis, and we connect them to relevant experts with the OECD.
What we stand for
The pandemic has changed the world in many ways, but our mission remains the same. We advocate for policies that enable business to do what it does best: grow our economies, enable people participation in open markets, and find solutions to global challenges.
We see the tangible difference that business-to-government dialogue has in developing policymaking and regulatory answers that work. Building on the expertise that we have honed over past 60 years, we are ready to outline new opportunities and respond to challenges that call for international coordination and national implementation.
What we bring to the table
A powerful voice: We build bridges to bring businesses in close dialogue with governments, with a proven track record spanning over 60 years of experience and trust.
Competence: A positive influence on OECD strategic and policy initiatives through sound business knowledge, analysis, and perspectives.
Coordination: We ensure governments, OECD, and relevant stakeholders get a cohesive and comprehensive business message as we are the hub for all OECD policy developments that could impact business.
Advocacy: We effectively work with global business representatives from all industry sectors, represent them at all OECD decision levels, and connect them with OECD and governments.
Coordination and thought leadership: our business leaders bring on-the-ground input and consensus industry perspectives on key global issues that impact the economy and society.
Our policy impact
Our Business at OECD Executive Board appoints the business leadership of these groups. Only our national business organizations have the power to submit corporate candidacies to these positions, which highlights the strategic importance that our national business organizations play in our decision-making process.
Our policy groups bring together business executives from over 55 countries and from different company functions at global levels.
These groups collectively build positions on policy initiatives that OECD and governments are addressing for international and local implementation.
Our national business organizations lead the way in appointing business representatives from their affiliated multinational corporations, industry associations, and their own teams to our policy groups.
Supranational sectoral trade associations also appoint their staff to these groups through our Associate Expert program.
Our nomination Process
Our national member organizations can nominate representative into committees that vitally affect business
Our financing structure
As a fully independent international business organization, we do not receive any government funding and national business organizations are the main contributors to our core budget.
In addition, we benefit from the contributions of national business organizations from non-OECD countries (observers), international sectoral organizations (associate experts), and selected companies participating in our Friends of Business at OECD initiative.