Ministerial Meeting on Responsible Business Conduct


Christine Kaufmann

Chair of the Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct


Christine Kaufmann is the Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, the intergovernmental committee overseeing the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the comprehensive international framework for Responsible Business Conduct. She has been a professor of international and constitutional law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, since 2002. Her main research areas are responsible business conduct and the interactions between the international trade and financial system. Before going back to academia, she served at the Swiss Central Bank. During that time she was a member of the EFTA expert groups on financial services and free movement of capital and services. Throughout her career she has been engaged in projects to facilitate a dialogue between different stakeholder groups. From 2013-2019 she was co-president of the multistakeholder Advisory Board for the Swiss National Contact Point. She has provided legal advice to businesses, government agencies and civil society organisations and has been invited as an expert in hearings by parliamentary commissions, the UN and the OECD. On several occasions, she acted as a mediator in cases concerning the implementation of the OECD Guidelines by business. In 2019 she was appointed as a member of the Standing Tribunal for the Bank for International Settlements.