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January 2022 VOLUME I
We start 2022 full of energy and with a strong advocacy plan for our engagement with the OECD across all levels. 
 
Following our Annual Planning Meeting with our National Members in December, we are pleased to share with you our top 10 policy priorities for 2022. Developed with global input from our business constituents, this document will serve as a compass for our business efforts with our different stakeholders, as it communicates the priorities that our national members rank highly as part of their domestic and international agendas. The priorities also point to the areas where we strongly believe the OECD can focus on and play a decisive role, in particular during our Covid-19 recovery efforts.
 
We look forward to productive and constant dialogue with all of you throughout this year. 
Our 10 Policy Priorities for 2022

Comment letter on new OECD/G20 Guidelines for a Global Minimum tax  
 
With the release of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework Guidance on a Global Minimum Tax on 20 December 2021, we are providing feedback to the OECD to help ensure sound implementation and administration of the Pillar Two rules and related guidance.  In our 6 January letter to the Chairs and Members of the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs Working Party 11 on Aggressive Tax Avoidance, our Tax Committee identifies major issues of concern related to the 20 December Pillar Two Model Rules.

The letter addresses a fundamental concern over the complexity of the model rules, and addresses two fundamental policy inconsistencies in the current model rules around the issues of negative covered taxes and deferred tax attributes being recast at the 15% minimum tax rate.
 
Contact: Nicole Primmer & Kaidi Liu
 
Read the letter

Help us amplify the voice of SMEs: take our brief survey
 
We invite all interested readers to participate in an SME survey that will gather the experiences of SMEs to inform policymakers and the OECD on how SMEs adapt to new challenges and the digital tools that will be useful as business practices change. 
 
Answering this succinct survey, which takes less than 10 minutes, will help us reach this goal. Individual responses will be kept strictly confidential, and only aggregated results will be used in public communications.
 
Contact: Rokas Morkūnas
 
Answer the survey

Our Development Committee plans work ahead
 
Earlier this week, our Development Committee met to discuss current development challenges and opportunities, define our Committee priorities going forward, and map out engagement opportunities for our group in 2022. One of the key questions we raised relates to ways to further leverage private financing for development, recognizing the large financing gap for the 2030 agenda, which has been further growing in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis.

Head of Division on Financing for Sustainable Development and Senior Counsellor of the OECD Development Cooperation Directorate Haje Schütte joined our discussion, and shared with participants current OECD priorities in the area of development financing and ways for business delegates to further engage.
 
Contact: Ina Sandler

Taking the voice of young people into consideration
 
Following our successful Business for Youth campaign and the organization of our Business for Youth Roundtable in December, we would like to further encourage members to share with us how they are integrating young people into the labor markets and addressing the issue of youth unemployment.

In this context, we would also like to draw our member’s attention to the OECD Youth Advisory Board initiative – Youthwise – for which applications are open until 31 January, and is composed of young people aged 18-30 from OECD countries, who bring their perspectives and ideas to the OECD. 
 
Contact: Rokas Morkūnas
 
Apply now

OECD to hold Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy in 2022
 
2022 will be an important year for our work on digital with the confirmation of an OECD Ministerial on Digital Economy Policy to take place in December, hosted by Spain.  OECD standards for digital economy policy have never been more important as the adoption and deployment of data driven digital technology solutions across sectors continues to drive the transformation of our economies and societies.

In this context, the Ministerial will be an opportunity to advance business priorities and vision for the future of the digital economy. We encourage your active participation as we engage in this Ministerial process, which will take a holistic, multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder approach to the relevant issues.
 

Enhancing transparency in Free Trade Zones
 
Later this month, our Anti-illicit Trade Expert Group and the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade will jointly launch a partnership to support the implementation of the “OECD Recommendation of the Council on Countering Illicit Trade: Enhancing Transparency in Free Trade Zones”. Our Anti-illicit Trade Expert Group has contributed substantially to its development and we will continue supporting the implementation of the recommendation through our proactive business input. 

The project will assist in finalizing the assessment and implementation toolkit including the “scope of audit” for Free Trade Zones through dialogues with the industry expert community, engaging local networks, and regional champions, with an aim to further enhance the transparency and openness of Free Trade Zones.

 

Position paper on Education – 2022 OECD Skills Summit and Education Ministerial
 
Last month, our Education Committee released its position paper under the theme of 'Education for a more resilient future' pointing to priorities and action needed to advance education and training systems and prepare individuals in line with current needs, future opportunities, and challenges. 

Our paper highlights three business priorities and related recommendations addressing the need for modern curricula, investing in teachers, and investment in digital infrastructure and capacity of our learning systems. We also highlight the role of business in supporting education and training systems in cooperation with relevant stakeholders and points to the role of OECD evidence and governments to deliver cross-cutting education reforms.  We will build on this position paper as we prepare for the forthcoming OECD Skills Summit chaired by Colombia, and the OECD Education Ministerial, which will take place in December.
 
Contact: Nicole Primmer & Hiroki Tamura
Read our paper
Our 2021 Committee Activity Updates
Our  Committee Activity Updates brief our business representatives on the latest initiatives we are working on, and map our engagement with the OECD. We are pleased to share in this edition the following Updates.
International Investment, Responsible Business Conduct, Anti-Corruption and Corporate Governance Committees
 
Tax Committee
 
Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group
 
News from our Members
Seize the Moment: a shared plan to deliver for UK business in 2022

To unleash the full potential of business for the UK economy and society, 2022 must be a year of action. Read the CBI’s plan to deliver for UK business across 2022 as announced at our Annual Conference. It outlines the CBI’s priorities for the year ahead. This is a plan developed with business for business; to enable you to plan today for today, and to plan today for tomorrow.

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Building the Society of the Future through Sustainable Capitalism
 
Half a year has passed since I became Chairman on June 1 last year. During this time, my top priority has been to find a balance between overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and restoring vitality to economic and social activities at the same time.



 
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ANDI presented economic balance of 2021 and outlook for 2022

2021 ended with an economy of significant growth despite the pandemic, extraordinary actions were carried out with clear examples of solidarity and creativity.





 

(Article in Spanish)

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Businesses are the central wheel in the green transition
 
Many are looking in the direction of the Greta Thunberg generation for answers to the green transition. But it is really companies that are the central wheel, and they should be in a hurry to adapt. This is what Gitte Haar, author of the book series, writes: Green transition for companies, professional board member and owner of the Center for Circular Economy.


(Article in Danish)
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