December 12, 2017
Paris, 12 December 2017 — While progress has been made in creating cultures of integrity, corruption continues to seriously affect our economies and societies. Marking the 20th anniversary of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, Business at OECD (BIAC) confirms the importance of an integrated and effective approach in the fight against corruption, which is a global challenge and requires international cooperation.
“Corruption is a cancer for the global economy and seriously compromises the health and productivity of our economies and value chains across the globe. The legally binding standards of the Anti-Bribery Convention have clearly positioned the OECD as a leading force in the international fight against corruption,” said Dr. Klaus Moosmayer, Chief Compliance Officer of Siemens and BIAC Anti-Corruption Chair. Speaking at the OECD Roundtable on 20 years of the Anti-Bribery Convention, Moosmayer called on the OECD and governments to step up efforts and also address the demand side of bribery, recognize the compliance efforts of companies, and support voluntary self-disclosure. “We recognize the urgency of this agenda”, said Moosmayer. “The private sector should be considered as a key partner in this struggle.”
October 27, 2017
Paris, 27 October 2017 – Well-designed health policies that are put into practice are essential for the growth and productivity of our economies and the well-being of our societies. This was the main message from private sector, government representatives, and the OECD gathered for the 2nd Business at OECD (BIAC) Annual Forum on Health. The […]
September 28, 2017
Paris, 28 September 2017 — In response to recent European proposals and in advance of the EU Digital Summit on 29 September 2017, Business at OECD (BIAC) expressed deep concerns that unilateral action for the taxation of the digital economy will lead to serious distortions in markets and global value chains.
“Business at OECD representing corporate communities across the globe is fully and constructively engaged in the OECD/G20 process to address Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), including Action 1 on the digital economy”, confirmed Bernhard Welschke, BIAC Secretary General. “We recognize there are important and complex issues concerning the digitalization of our economies. However, unilateral action in this field will lead to costly fragmentation and threatens to diminish the considerable potential for growth and innovation. Only a comprehensive multilateral engagement between tax authorities, taxpayers and other stakeholders will lead to outcomes that support a successful digital transformation. Therefore, the OECD is the most appropriate forum in which to pursue this engagement, and we encourage all countries to participate in this multilateral effort”, explained Welschke.
June 28, 2017
Paris, 28 June 2017 — Business considers the responsible conduct of companies across markets as stipulated by the OECD MNE Guidelines to be an integral part of an open investment environment, while stressing the need for practical and manageable expectations. This is the central message of a high-level conference organized by Business at OECD (BIAC) today in Paris.
The OECD Guidelines include a unique implementation mechanism in the form of National Contact Points (NCPs). “The experience with the NCP system has been mixed. In some cases, it had a clear added value for companies, in other cases it was criticized. It is therefore important to have a common understanding among all stakeholders about the nature of the NCP process as a platform for mediation and problem-solving in good faith, which is different from legal litigation,” said Winand Quaedvlieg, Chair of the BIAC Committee on Investment and Responsible Business Conduct. Business will continue to work with the OECD to underline the conditions that must be in place to facilitate the proactive engagement of business in the process.
April 28, 2017
Paris, 28 April 2017 –“We need quick, coordinated and consistent action from G20 leaders to help improve the business and financing environment for SMEs or we risk missing out on their potential,” said Gianluca Riccio, Vice Chair of the Business at OECD Finance Task Force and author of the report. “The unintended consequences of domestic and cross border regulation, alongside access to finance and the challenges in transitioning to digital remain major barriers to growth for SMEs worldwide.”
Small and medium sized businesses remain constrained in their ability to access appropriate financing which is holding back their participation in international markets and global value chains. A new report from the Business at OECD and B20 calls on G20 leaders to follow three core recommendations to help solve this issue:
• Improve co-ordination and consultation when implementing regulation in the financial services sector
• Raise SME access to debt and equity finance by promoting successful private sector initiatives and sharing best practice
• Maximize access to data and sharing information through digital platforms, to help tackle global challenges such as cyber security
April 25, 2017
Paris, 25 April 2017 – Releasing a new policy paper today, Business at OECD identified priorities for OECD and governments to keep markets open and to better communicate their contribution to growth and prosperity.
“Consistent with our longstanding partnership with the OECD, we identified ten priorities that highlight significant challenges that affect our economies to benefit from trade, and how the OECD can help. Governments must address these priorities if we want to strengthen our potential for growth”, said Clifford Sosnow, Chair of the Business at OECD Trade Committee and Partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.
Business at OECD recognizes the unique role the OECD can play in developing analysis on trade that can guide policymakers and help inform the public. “More than ever, we need the OECD to illustrate the benefits of trade, including evidence on its contribution to jobs, growth, and prosperity”, said Bernhard Welschke, Secretary General of Business at OECD.
April 14, 2017
Paris, 14 April 2017 — “Business at OECD calls for continued work founded on the OECD VAT/GST Guidelines, with the aim to foster certainty and a global level playing field on VAT/GST indirect taxation”, said Karl-Heinz Haydl, Business Co-Chair of the OECD VAT Technical Advisory Group (TAG), at the 4th OECD Global Forum on VAT in Paris.
“Particularly when it comes to VAT/GST with business acting as tax collector, it is key to strike the right balance between safeguarding VAT/GST revenues for governments and keeping the administration costs and compliance burden for business low and manageable”, Haydl emphasized.
The OECD Global Forum on VAT, brings together over 300 government and business experts to explore how VAT/GST policies and their practical application around the world can safeguard VAT revenues and foster economic growth.
March 22, 2017
Paris, 22 March 2017 – “If we want to ensure future-oriented, sustainable economic growth, business has an important role to play. We are ready to do so.” said B20-President Jürgen Heraeus during the final meeting of all B20 working groups on Wednesday in Paris. Co-hosted by Business at OECD (BIAC), the working groups will use the conference and finalize their recommendations for the upcoming G20 Sherpa Meeting this week.
Following the G20 Motto Shaping an Interconnected World, Heraeus explained: “This cooperation offers the outstanding opportunity to shape global economic governance. Our global economy is changing rapidly. We are facing a multitude of risks: climate change, political conflicts, terrorism to name just a few. The G20 can serve as an agenda setter. “
“Business at OECD provides continuity and expertise across G20 and B20 presidencies. We support the OECD in its vital mission to improve domestic and global economic governance. At a time when trade and investment across borders are subject of much ill-informed debate, OECD evidence on the substantial benefits of open and competitive markets is more important than ever”, said Business at OECD (BIAC) Chairman Phil O’Reilly.
B20 Germany has chosen the motto: Resilience, Responsibility and Responsiveness – Towards a Future-oriented, Sustainable World Economy. Resilience in an economic sense must be a holistic concept, including new frameworks for disruptive technologies brought about by digitalization and those suited for increased uncertainty around the world to ensure crisis-responsiveness. Responsible leaders should address challenges such as climate change and digitalization pro-actively. In the light of the recent rise of anti-globalization movements, the motto of “responsiveness” seems timelier than ever.
February 15, 2017
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January 17, 2017
Paris, 17 January 2017 – Addressing the OECD Health Committee at Ministerial Level, Business at OECD (BIAC) today emphasized the private sector role as partner both in bringing innovative solutions in health and well-being and in intensifying public-private collaboration with OECD and governments.
Ministers from over 35 OECD and partner countries discussed the Next Generation of Health Reforms. This reflects the challenge that many countries face from the demographic transition to an ageing society and the associated increase in the burden of chronic diseases and related co-morbidities. The meeting addressed a number of topics, including ineffective health spending and avoiding waste, the opportunities offered by new health technologies, the role of health professionals and realizing the promise offered by Big Data in health.