The OECD is an intergovernmental organization of 35 member countries committed to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the well-being of all citizens. Its mission is to promote policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

We also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

Drawing on facts and real-life experience, we recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people's lives. We work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). We have active contacts as well with other civil society organisations. The common thread of our work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the wellbeing of all citizens. Along the way, we also set out to make life harder for the terrorists, tax dodgers, crooked businessmen and others whose actions undermine a fair and open society.

Today, we are focused on helping governments around the world to:

  • Restore confidence in markets and the institutions that make them function. 

  • Re-establish healthy public finances as a basis for future sustainable economic growth. 

  • Foster and support new sources of growth through innovation, environmentally friendly ‘green growth’ strategies and the development of emerging economies.

  • Ensure that people of all ages can develop the skills to work productively and satisfyingly in the jobs of tomorrow.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

To continue pioneering the development, dissemination, analysis, and use of new and relevant data, and take its full part in the broader data ecosystem that will help ensure "Better Policies for Better Lives." Specifically, it will:

  • Continue to build bridges between data users and data producers, between developed and developing countries, and between private and public data providers.

  • Further promote dialogue and knowledge sharing to foster international coordination and exchange of best practices.

  • Pursue close collaboration with national statistical offices in order to develop measurement standards and gather data in new areas, such as subjective well-being, cognitive and non-cognitive skills, inequalities, trade in value added, trust in people and in public institutions, mobilizing both official and non-official statistics.

  • Strengthen national statistical capacity in developing countries through the OECD-hosted, multi-stakeholder partnership PARIS21.