It is the only global instrument in this area and the only one that was elaborated and adopted by governments, employers and workers from around the world. It was adopted 40 years ago and amended several times, most recently in March 2017. Its principles are addressed to multinational and national enterprises, governments of home and host countries, and employers’ and workers’ organizations providing guidance in such areas as employment, training, conditions of work and life, industrial relations as well as general policies. The guidance is founded substantially on principles contained in international labour standards.
To stimulate the uptake of its principles by all parties, the ILO Governing Body has adopted operational tools.
The MNE Declaration
Understanding the MNE Declaration and putting its principles into practice
By appointing by ministerial order four national focal points responsible for the promotion and application of the MNE Declaration, Senegal has become the first country in Africa to appoint national focal points. Earlier this year, Senegal already made history by creating the first tripartite Commission to promote the MNE Declaration within a national social dialogue institution.
Information gathering on the MNE Declaration started in preparation for the report and special session on the MNE Declaration during the 14th African Regional Meeting
In preparation of the 14th African Regional Meeting (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 3–6 December 2019), questionnaires are being sent by the International Labour Office directly and simultaneously to the Governments and Employers' and Workers' organizations of the participating ILO member States.
13-17 May 2019, International Training Center of the ILO, Turin, Italy
This five-day course will look at how governments, enterprises and the social partners are encouraged to each put policies in place and engage with each other through dialogue to maximize the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to socio economic development and decent work.
2018 Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights
ILO Director General addresses 2018 Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights
Geneva, 26-29 November 2018
This year’s Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights focused on Corporate human rights due diligence - emerging practices, challenges and ways forward. ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, spoke in the high-level panel “Building coherence and reaching scale on human rights due diligence – International organizations’ leadership perspectives” highlighting how the ILO is contributing to the business and human rights agenda as part of the broader decent work agenda and the need to scale up efforts in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In addition to the DG’s intervention, the ILO led a panel on labour-rights and human rights due diligence and ILO experts contributed to the discussions in various other panels of the Forum.
Responsible business practices
Japan, Tokyo, October 2018
20 September 2018, Beijing, China
The Ministry of Human Resources (MORHSS) and the ILO organised in Beijing a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss public and private initiatives geared toward responsible business conduct.
1 May 2018
Following the update of the MNE Declaration, the ILO Bureau for workers' activity (ACTRAV) has decided to update its guidance document “The ILO MNE Declaration: What’s in it for Workers?”. The update strives to provide a forward-looking view on approaches and pledges how workers and trade unions can successfully use the MNE Declaration in practice, particularly in respect to its new elements.
26 April 2018
The International Labour Organization and Tokyo 2020 sign an agreement to promote socially responsible labour practices in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Japanese capital.
17 March 2017
The ILO has revised its landmark MNE Declaration on multinational enterprises and social policy, which provides guidance on how companies can contribute to the realization of decent work for all.