seeks to enhance a favourable environment for sustainable enterprises combining the legitimate quest for profit with the need for development that respects human dignity and decent work. Such an environment encourages investment, entrepreneurship, workers’ rights and the growth of enterprises by balancing the needs and interests of enterprises with the aspiration of society.
expects to link job quality and productivity with real benefits for employers and workers, promoting an entrepreneurship culture, enhancing the coverage and quality of business services and building enterprise development institutions.
The ILO advises on how local economic development strategies can promote sustainable and productive work, raise incomes, expand social protection and enable women and men to effectively participate in local development decisions in their communities.
aims to encourage the positive contribution which multinational enterprises can make to economic and social progress and to minimize and resolve the difficulties to which their operations may give rise. This area of work seeks to implement the MNE Declaration which was recently re-affirmed in 2008 in the “ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization”.
aims to enhance innovations in work organization, continuous workplace learning, good labour-management relations and respect for workers’ rights to raise productivity and competitiveness in SMEs while also promoting decent work.
The Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme is a management-training programme with a focus on starting and improving small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment in developing economies and economies in transition.
ILO's Value Chain Development work focuses on the subsectors that are most relevant for job creation and job quality improvement.The ILO aims at addressing systems and institutions that can drive competitiveness and job creation in specific sectors by using a market development approach.
ILO-WED works on enhancing economic opportunities for women by carrying out affirmative actions in support of women starting, formalizing and growing their enterprises, and by mainstreaming gender equality issues into the ILO's work in enterprise development.