1. Featured publication

    The ILO from Geneva to the Pacific Rim – West meets East

  2. Featured publication

    A la rencontre de l’Europe au travail
    Récits de voyages d’Albert Thomas (1920-1932)

    Sous la direction de D. Hoehtker et S. Kott, avec une préface de G. Ryder, Directeur général du BIT

  3. ILO Century Game

    In 2019 the ILO will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Although we know the ILO has a unique and long history, how much do we really know about its highlights and crises, innovations and changes, opportunities and setbacks? Test your knowledge and learn fascinating facts about ILO history at the click of a mouse.

  4. The ILO and the Quest for Social Justice

ILO Century Project

As part of the ILO RESEARCH department, the Century Project aims to expand and share historical knowledge on the World of Work and ILO’s role in changing political and economic circumstances. The project serves as a focal point on ILO history - inside and outside the organization. It monitors scholarly research worldwide, creates high quality products on ILO history and related fields, and contributes a historical perspective to the Future of Work Centenary Initiative.
  1. The Centenary Publication

    100 years of ILO history. An academic book for the larger public.

    The major output for the ILO’s Centenary will be an academic publication on the history of the ILO. Written by a renowned historian, Professor Daniel Maul (University of Oslo), the book will go well beyond the traditional institutional narrative and draw from the latest research.

  2. Academic publications

    Forthcoming: Women’s ILO. Transnational Networks, Global Labour Standards and Gender Equity, 1919 to Present.

    The question of women workers has been on ILO’s agenda since 1919. This volume gathers newest scholarly research on the complex history of ILO’s activities for women workers.

    It does this by focussing on two major issues: On one hand the role of women’s organizations and networks in shaping ILO’s policies for women workers. And on the other hand, the way labour standards affecting women have been negotiated, applied and used by policy makers in various local constellations throughout history.


  1. Event

    Fair is fair: International Historical perspective on Social Justice

    Conference, 15 – 17 September 2016, University of Padova, Italy


    The ILO-supported conference was part of the Centenary Publication project, and discussed one of its key concepts: social justice.