Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: the approach of the MNE Declaration

  • Overview

    This course looks at the potential of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and national enterprises to contribute to respect for labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all. It introduces participants to the guidance set out in the tripartite declaration of principles concerning MNEs and social policy (the "MNE Declaration" 5th revised edition, March 2017) for governments, employers' and workers' organizations and enterprises. Through case studies, dialogue with MNEs and a company visit, participants will gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of government and enterprises in realizing workers' rights, fostering job creation and skills development, and supporting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises through business linkages.


    The course will take a highly participatory approach, which requires full involvement by all participants and ensures exchange of information and experiences. Training methods will include: introduction of concepts with illustrative examples followed by plenary discussions, interviews with companies (face-to-face and/or by videoconference), role plays, group work, and breakout sessions. Resource persons will include specialists from ILO and trainers from ITCILO.