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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

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  1. International Day of Cooperatives

    Cooperatives' people-first approach proves effective for social and economic development

    14 July 2014

    From agriculture to finance, cooperatives deliver a wide range of goods and services to members around the world. How can cooperatives best help realize the sustainable development goals being hammered out by the UN?

  2. © ILO/Joseph Fortin 2014

    Fair economy

    Cooperatives’ considerable clout in the fight against child labour

    14 July 2014

    The coop economy, worth around US$2.5 trillion, plays its part in helping to eliminate child labour – a problem that, although in decline, still affects 168 million children worldwide.

  3. © Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP 2014
  4. Survey analysis

    Cooperative movement engagement in sustainable development and the post-2015 process: Survey findings

    27 June 2014

    In order to bring cooperative voices into the discussion around the post-2015 development agenda, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) have launched an initiative on the contribution of cooperatives to sustainable development. This brief reports on the results of an online survey that investigated the current and potential contributions of cooperatives to sustainable development.

  5. Publication

    Gender and Entrepreneurship Together (GET Ahead)

    24 June 2014

    GET Ahead for Women in Enterprise is a training package and resource kit for low-income women and men engaged in or wishing to start a small-scale business. It differs from conventional business training materials as it highlights entrepreneurial skills from a gender perspective, whether applied to starting or improving an individual, family or group business.

  6. Event

    Academy on the Green Economy

    13 June 2014

    The Academy on the Green Economy, a 2-week training and learning event hosted by the ILO International Training Centre (ITC-ILO) in Turin, Italy, is organized within the framework of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). The PAGE capacity building strategy seeks to strengthen the knowledge and skills of national policymakers, technical staff, practitioners and other public and private-sector stakeholders, to actively promote environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economies through policy and strategy development. The Academy offers a unique opportunity for inspiration and guidance through global knowledge-sharing, comprehensive and peer-reviewed training materials, quality programmes and resources, and different learning methodologies. Led by the ILO, it will bring together technical knowledge and experience from each of the PAGE partners, as well as other high-level experts.

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