G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance
Produced in partnership with Professor Brenda Hannigan of University of Southampton

The following Corporate practice note produced in partnership with Professor Brenda Hannigan of University of Southampton provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance
  • OECD
  • G20
  • Background to and purpose of the Principles
  • Content
  • The basis for corporate governance frameworks
  • The rights and equitable treatment of shareholders and key ownership functions
  • Institutional investors, stock markets and other intermediaries
  • The role of stakeholders in corporate governance
  • Disclosure and transparency
  • More...

G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance

This Practice Note discusses the Principles of Corporate Governance (Principles) published by the Group of 20 (G20) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It provides some background information on the OECD and the G20 and discusses the purpose of the Principles. The Practice Note also considers the key recommendations of the Principles and their influence on policy makers globally.


The OECD is an international organisation made up of 37 member countries. It was founded in 1961 and its mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The 37 member countries include most of the world’s most advanced countries, but also emerging countries like Chile and Turkey. The OECD works closely with emerging economies like China, India and Brazil and developing economies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

More information can be found at the OECD website.


The G20 is an informal forum comprising the leaders of the 20 largest economies in the world, which together account for around 90% of gross world product, 80% of global trade and around two-thirds of the world’s population.

The G20 was founded in 1999 as a forum for meetings of finance ministers and central bankers and it focused on the workings of the international financial system. As the financial crisis escalated in 2008, it

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