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Friends of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises has no formal affiliation with the OECD.  It is a platform to publicize and discuss worldwide issues and trends in responsible business conduct related to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines).

For more information about the Guidelines please see http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/

This blog is administered and authored by Prof. Dr. R. (Roel) Nieuwenkamp.

Roel studied Economics, Law and Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He worked at the European Commission and was a consultant in New Zealand on the issue of results oriented government. He worked for several years as management consultant at Arthur Andersen.

In 1998 he became interim manager at the Ministry of Education. From 2001 until August 2006 he was managing director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

From September 2006 until May 2013, he was managing director of the International Trade Policy & Economic Governance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His responsibilities concerned trade policy (WTO), investment treaties, corporate social responsibility, and the regulation of strategic goods.

In parallel to his time at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Roel wrote his PhD dissertation about the interaction between ministers and top civil servants. From 2010 to 2014 he was part-time Professor of Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam.

Roel was Chair of the OECD Working Party on International Investment and in that capacity chaired the negotiations on the 2011 update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. He chaired the Voluntary Principles for Security & Human Rights in the Extractives Industries in 2009 and 2013.

Since June 2013 Roel has served as the Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, a unique Intergovernmental Working Group focussed on Corporate Responsibility, based on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. He provides leadership to the Corporate Responsibility work of the OECD, including CSR programmes, e.g. on the Financial Sector, Mining Sector and conflict minerals.

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