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Corporate Accountability in International Environmental Law$
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Elisa Morgera

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558018.001.0001

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The UN and the OECD: Parallel or Convergent Paths?

The UN and the OECD: Parallel or Convergent Paths?

(p.77) 5 The UN and the OECD: Parallel or Convergent Paths?
Corporate Accountability in International Environmental Law

Elisa Morgera

Oxford University Press

This chapter is based on an analysis and comparison of the instruments elaborated in the framework of the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation. It serves to assess whether a significant convergence in the choice of international environmental standards for private companies is occurring. Such assessment provides further historical and conceptual background to this research, in highlighting the different approaches adopted to ensure the responsible conduct of the private sector and the different processes and actors involved in the definition of these standards. Notwithstanding the different levels of international acceptance and the different approaches of these initiatives, the analysis of these instruments led to the identification of a striking convergence of selected international environmental standards for corporate accountability.

Keywords:   United Nations, OECD, code of conduct, partnerships, Global Compact, UN Norms, corporate accountability standards, UN Special Representative

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