The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will 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 trade and investment flows. We analyze and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of issues, from agriculture to taxation to chemical safety.
We also look at issues that directly affect the lives of ordinary people, such as how much tax and social security they pay and how much leisure time they can spend. We compare how school systems in different countries prepare their young people for modern life and how pension systems in different countries will care for their citizens in old age.
Based on facts and concrete experiences, we recommend policies to improve the lives of ordinary people. The common thread running through our work is a shared commitment to a market economy supported by democratic institutions and focused on the well-being of all citizens.