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. Publication

    The Story of the ILO’s Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No.193) A review of the process of making ILO Recommendation No. 193, its implementation and its impact

    27 May 2015

    This publication highlights how the Recommendation No. 193 is being used, and its impact on the laws, policies and practices of countries. The publication also provides a brief account of the ILO’s engagement with cooperative development.

  2. Brochure

    The Green Jobs Programme of the ILO

    26 May 2015

    The brochure presents the programme's approach, services, milestones and provides a snapshot of key activities.

  3. Event

    ILO’s Sustainable Enterprise Academy in Lusaka Zambia, 21st August to 1st September 2015

  4. Video

    Recording of the webinar "How can companies uphold freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining? - From principle to action"

    18 May 2015

  5. Publication

    Decent Work in the Rural Economy: Greener jobs and better business for women and men in Southern Costa Rica

    15 May 2015

    This case study is based on the Brunca programme which promoted greener and better jobs in this region.

  6. News

    World of work essential for climate solutions, says dialogue on climate change and jobs

    13 May 2015

    The event was organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat on May 12.

  7. Event

    Dialogue on Climate Change and Jobs: Shaping the COP21 Agenda of Solutions

    The objective of this dialogue, organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat, is to provide a platform for sharing views and perspectives on ways in which the climate change and decent work agendas can be made mutually supportive, looking towards the COP21 in Paris.