Achieving Decent Work for All


Multinational enterprises play an important role in the economies of most countries. Through foreign direct investment, trade and other means enterprises can bring substantial benefits to home and host countries. Within the framework of sustainable development policies established by Governments, they can also make an important contribution to the promotion of economic and social welfare; to the creation of employment opportunities — both directly and indirectly; and to the enjoyment of human rights — including freedom of association — throughout the world. 


This session will discuss the potential of multinational and national enterprises to contribute to the advancement of labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all — a universal goal recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It introduces participants to the guidance set out in the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) revised in 2017 — the only instrument of the International Labour Organization (ILO) that provides direct guidance to enterprises on social policy and inclusive, responsible and sustainable workplace practices.


During this interactive session, you will learn to:

  • Understand the relevance of the guidance provided by the ILO MNE Declaration for the realization of decent work for all and for the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Apply practical steps within your company to contribute to the realization of decent work for all based on the recommendations provided by the ILO MNE Declaration
  • Utilize tools and resources to stimulate the uptake of the principles of the MNE Declaration by all parties
  • Leverage country examples of how the MNE Declaration provides a framework for action