|The ILO should provide specific guidance to enterprises to promote responsible workplace practices along their supply chains, including through the use of the MNE Declaration. This would include the integration of the concept of decent work, the role of employers and workers organisations, and the importance of workers rights and the business case for sustainable practices into broader enterprise development programs."
ILO; The promotion of sustainable enterprises, 2007
As the first publication of the newly-established UN Global Compact Labour Working Group, this Guide aims at helping companies understand and apply the four labour principles into practice (UNGC principles 3-6). In a question and answer format, this Guide provides a brief description of each of the four Global Compact labour principles, and also provides practical guidance on what companies can do to respect, promote, and realise them. It also contains an inventory of key ILO resources that will help companies realise the labour principles.
Our understanding of the impact of MNEs has deepened considerably since the early days of the MNE Declaration. This is why, on occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the MNE Declaration, the International Labour Office would like to increase the knowledge base on the impact of multinational enterprises on host and home countries and about the policies that have worked to encourage the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to economic and social progress in different sectors and to minimize potential difficulties. To this end, the Office will commission a series of papers by renowned international independent experts reviewing research and evidence on different aspects of the trends, operations and impacts of MNEs.
The conclusions of this discussion provide an important contribution agreed by the ILO’s tripartite constituency of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations on how to promote enterprise development in a manner that aligns enterprise growth with sustainable development objectives and the creation of productive employment and decent work.