Tripartite declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy (MNE Declaration) - 4th Edition

The MNE Declaration is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance to enterprises on social policy and inclusive, responsible and sustainable workplace practices. It is the only global instrument in this area that was elaborated and adopted by governments, employers’ and workers from around the world. The MNE Declaration was adopted close to 40 years ago (and amended twice in 2000 and 2006) but its aims remain highly relevant in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Its principles are addressed to MNEs, governments, and employers’ and workers’ organizations and cover areas such as employment, training, conditions of work and life, and industrial relations as well as general policies. All principles build on international labour standards (ILO conventions and recommendations) and on obligations that States have through their ILO membership and following their ratification of ILO conventions. The MNE Declaration highlights the importance of the rule of law, law enforcement and social dialogue and recalls the requirement of all parties to respect workers’ rights and contribute to the realization of the fundamental principles and rights at work. It facilitates outreach and understanding of the Decent Work Agenda in the private sector, as highlighted in the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization.