Enterprises Department

All across the world people are in search of jobs. Jobs so they can raise their families and send their children to school. Jobs that provide access to social protection for them and their families. And, jobs in which they are respected, can organize and have a voice. What they want is decent work.

Enterprises play a key role in creating productive and decent work that helps meet the economic and social aspirations of people and their communities. Whether small, medium or large, enterprises – including cooperatives – they are a major source of growth and employment in all countries. Enterprises and the entrepreneurs who run them play a crucial role in creating jobs and reducing poverty.

" The ILO has a mandate, recognized in the 2008 Declaration, to promote sustainable enterprises as an integral part of the Decent Work Agenda.”

Guy Ryder, Director-General
International Labour Organization

What's new

  1. © UNEP/ AMCEN 15 2015


    The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment highlights the job creation potential of going green

    11 March 2015

    The 15th regular session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) was held in Cairo, Egypt, from 2-6 March 2015.

  2. Event

    Side Event at the Committee on the Status of Women on Cooperatives, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

    02 March 2015

    ILO and ICA are organizing a side event at the Committeee on the Status of Women on Cooperatives, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, in New York on March 10, 2015.

  3. Publication

    Microfinance for Decent Work – Enhancing the impact of microfinance: Evidence from an action research programme

    17 February 2015

  4. News

    How can fiscal measures drive forward the transition to a fair and equitable green economy?

    02 February 2015

    More than 200 academics, policy makers and experts came together to jointly discuss and debate a large emerging body of research on green fiscal policy at the Third Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP).

  5. Publication

    Prevention and elimination of bonded labour: the potential and limits of microfinance-led approaches

    08 January 2015

    This paper, authored by S. Premchander V. Prameela and M. Chidambaranathan of the Indian NGO SAMPARK, documents the learning processes of the NGOs and microfinance organizations that experimented with different approaches to microfinance and bonded labour. It highlights the importance of adopting a holistic and integrated approach, including social, economic, political and judicial interventions at individual, household, community and higher levels. In making the paper available to a wider audience, we hope to stimulate broader debate and experimentation on how microfinance can most effectively contribute to ending bonded labour.

  6. © UN Photo/Christopher Herwig 2015


    ILO calls for stronger linkages between labour and climate agendas

    18 December 2014

    Delegates from over 190 nations met in Lima, Peru, for two-week talks to prepare the road towards a new global climate change agreement for adoption at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) next year in Paris.

  7. Publication

    Report on the pilot project towards developing statistical tools for measuring employment in the environmental sector and generating statistics on green jobs.

    17 December 2014

    This report provides information on the survey development, questionnaire design, concepts and definitions, methodology of data collection, as well as main findings of employment in the environmental sector and green jobs in one of the pilot countries: Albania.