Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) - 5th Edition (2017)

The MNE Declaration is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance to enterprises (multinational and national) on social policy and inclusive, responsible and sustainable workplace practices.

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.


  1. Senegal appoints four national focal points and lays the foundations of a national promotion strategy

    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.

What's new

  1. Training

    Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: the approach of the MNE Declaration

    23-27 April 2018, International Training Center of the ILO, Turin

    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.

  2. Training

    Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development

    9-13 April 2018, International Training Center of the ILO, Turin

    This five-day training will look at how foreign direct investment can be more effectively harnessed to create more and better jobs, boost skills development and technology transfer, and increase business linkages with local enterprises. The participants will explore the ILO Tripartite Declaration of principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, specifically looking into framework conditions and enabling environment, crucial to ensure FDI leads to social and economic progress. Best practices on investment facilitation and mainstreaming of Sustainable Development will be presented.

  3. News

    Tokyo 2020 and the ILO agree unique partnership to promote Decent Work

    12 May 2017

    The Organizing Committee and the UN Agency for the world of work will sign an agreement to promote socially responsible labour practices among the delivery partners of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, taking guidance from the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.

  4. News

    ILO revises its landmark Declaration on multinational enterprises

    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.