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

    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.

  2. © UN Photo/Christopher Herwig 2015

    News

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Publication

    Campinas 2014 Social and Solidarity Economy: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development

    16 December 2014

    This Reader, was prepared for the fourth edition of the ILO’s Academy on the Social and Solidarity Economy which was held in Campinas, Brazil in July 2014, which offered Participants the opportunity to share SSE experiences from different parts of the world and learn about the contribution made by the SSE to inclusive and sustainable development.

  5. Event

    Promoting green jobs policies: employment potential and skill needs in a greener economy

    08 December 2014

    This is an inter-regional course on how to seize employment opportunities and address skills challenges in the transition to a greener economy, through sectoral and cross-sector analysis, with a view to informing national policy initiatives.

  6. Event

    Green jobs for sustainable development: concepts and practices

    08 December 2014

    The course provides an interactive e-learning opportunity on green jobs concepts and definitions, through a review of tools, selected literature and ongoing practices, featuring the world of work's contribution to sustainable development.

  7. Event

    Cooperating Out Of Isolation: The Case of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait

    05 December 2014

    Representatives from governments, worker’s organisations, informal domestic worker networks, and national and international experts on workers’ self-organisation gather in Amman to discuss and explore potential organizing services for domestic workers including cooperatives in Arab States.