Multinational Enterprises (MULTI)

The Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit (ENT/MULTI) is responsible for the promotion and follow-up of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), which is the ILO’s key tool for promoting labour standards and principles in the corporate world.

The Unit receives direct guidance from ILO constituents through decisions taken in the MNE Segment of the Policy Development section of the ILO's Governing Body,  previously the Subcommittee on Multinational Enterprises.

The Unit aims to increase awareness of the MNE Declaration as a useful tool for companies, governments, and organizations of employers and workers; and to promote its effective use by facilitating a shared understanding of its principles.

Key means of action are:

What's new

  1. Chlid Labour Platform Meeting

    Tackling child labour in supply chains

    17-18 October 2016, ILO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

  2. Training

    International Labour Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility: Understanding workers’ rights in the framework of due diligence

    21-25 November 2016, International Training Center of the ILO, Turin, Italy 

    This five-day course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of international labour standards as they relate to company operations (including due diligence related to labour rights) and how those principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations.

  3. ILO Governing Body decides on modalities to review the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

    At its 326th session in March 2016, the ILO Governing Body decided to establish a tripartite ad hoc working group of eight members representing Governments, four members representing Workers and four members representing Employers that will meet twice before March 2017 to review the text of the MNE Declaration including its annex and addenda and the interpretation procedure. The recommendations of the working group, arrived at through consensus, will be presented for possible adoption at the 329th Session (March 2017) of the Governing Body.

  4. Information gathering on the MNE Declaration started in preparation for the special MNE Declaration session during the 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting

    At its 320th session in March 2014, the ILO Governing Body adopted a new follow-up mechanism on the MNE Declaration, comprised of promotional activities and an information gathering mechanism.

    In preparation of the 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (Bali, 6-9 December 2016), the International Labour Office is sending questionnaires directly and simultaneously to the Governments and Employers’ and Workers’ organizations of the ILO member States in the African region.

  5. Training

    Sustainable Enterprise Academy: Promoting Decent Work in Supply Chains

    20-24 June 2016, International Training Center of the ILO, Turin, Italy

    This 5-day training programme will look at policies, approaches and tools to promote decent work in sustainable supply chains. It will provide a unique opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges that increasingly complex and internationalized supply chains bring to governments, enterprises and workers. It will draw on the experiences of leading international experts on decent work, labour standards, enterprise development and sustainable supply chain development. Participants will learn about different approaches and mechanisms to improve working conditions within supply chains and how these approaches complement each other in practice.

  6. Training

    Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: the approach of the MNE Declaration

    23-27 May 2016, ILO International Training Center, Turin, Italy

    This five-day course will look at how governments, enterprises and the social partners are encouraged to each put policies in place and engage with each other through dialogue to maximize the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to socio economic development and decent work.

  7. Training

    Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development

    4 - 6 May 2016, ILO International Training Center, Turin, Italy 

    This course will aim to help Investment Promotion Agencies to strengthen their investment promotion, facilitation and expand their after care services and more broadly to enhance the development impacts of FDI flowing into their countries. It is jointly organized by WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies) and the ILO.

  8. ILO Policy Brief

    Inclusive business practices in Africa's extractive industries

    8 February 2016

    The policy note presents key factors contributing to inclusive growth linked to the extractive industries in Africa, reflecting on the distinctive yet complementary roles of governments and multinational enterprises. The document considers the types of economic linkages to local communities and national economies that contribute towards employment, enterprise development, infrastructure, and ultimately to the economic transformation required for sustainable development. The factors are explained with reference to lessons learned from African countries at various stages of development of their mining, oil and gas sectors. 

  9. E-learning 

    E-learning module on Business and Decent Work now available in six languages 

    4 January 2016

    The E-learning module "Business and Decent Work" provides an interactive opportunity to become knowledgeable about the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and to learn how its recommendations can be put into practice to address a range of labour and employment issues.

    The 40-minute self-guided E-learning module released in 2014 in English, French and Spanish is also now available in Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

  10. Child Labour Platform Meeting

    Tackling child labour in supply chains

    14-15 December 2015, ILO Headquaters, Geneva, Switzerland

    The December meeting of the CLP will include a panel discussion on the role of investors in eliminating child labour in supply chains, both from the perspective of companies and investors themselves. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for discussion on key themes, including remediation, impact assessment and the role of multi-stakeholder initiatives and due diligence. New CLP tools and research will be presented, with a focus on detailed training material on child labour being developed by a member company, with the support of the ILO.

  11. Report

    Multinational enterprises, development and decent work

    13th African Regional Meeting, Addis Ababa, 30 November - 3 December 2015

    Report on the promotion and application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in Africa.

  12. Webinar

    Filling the skills gaps and addressing the mismatches - What can business do?

    Thursday 19 November 2015 at 15:30 pm CET (9:30 am EST)
    Webinar convened by the ILO and the UN Global Compact

    This one hour webinar with ILO experts on skills and employability will explore the contribution of enterprises to building a skilled workforce in their countries of operations. The discussion will focus on common challenges companies face in developing and implementing a skills and employability policy and practical examples of private sector engagement in skills systems.

  13. 4th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

    16-18 November 2015, Palais des Nations, Geneva

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is participating in a series of sessions at the 2015 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights “Tracking progress and ensuring coherence”.

  14. ILO Global Business and Disability Network 

    Launch of the Business Charter on Disability

    28 October 2015, ILO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

    During this high level global event, the ILO Global Business and Disability Network will launch its Business Charter on Disability - the first global charter on disability inclusion in the workplace. The charter will be signed by the ILO Director General and representatives from multinational enterprises asserting their commitment to create inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities around the world. Participants will share country-specific initiatives and will discuss the contemporary issue of mental health at the workplace.

  15. 2015 Interagency Round-table on Corporate Social Responsibility

    Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    27 October 2015, Palais des Nations, Geneva

    The 2015 Interagency CSR Round-table is meeting to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), evaluate the role that the private sector can play, and look at how the UN can foster private sector contributions to SDGs.

  16. News

    The global employer community reaffirm its firm commitment to the implementation of the MNE Declaration

    An historic Declaration has been signed on 7 October 2015 at the first Global Employers Summit in Bahrain, in which the business community expresses its support to the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the business contribution to the efforts on shared progress, the global employers community reaffirms its commitment to engage with trade unions and all other stakeholders in dialogue and negotiations that contribute to more and better jobs, growth and prosperity. The Declaration also reaffirms the global employer community's endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and firm commitment to their implementation.

  17. New publication

    Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: An annotated bibliography on the application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

    This annotated bibliography provides a succinct overview of the significant amount of research, analysis, and guidance documents on the activities of multinational enterprises (MNEs) that has been published by the ILO and others from 2005 to 2015. The publication presents a solid collection of works relevant to the ILO MNE Declaration and provides a range of information on labour and employment issues to parties interested in translating the principles of the Declaration into action. It will be of interest to ILO constituents, ILO staff members and researchers who deal with issues related to investment, MNEs and decent work. Those interested in MNEs, CSR, the role of the private sector in development and FDI more broadly, may also find this bibliography useful in their work.

  18. Child Labour Platform (CLP) Meeting

    Tackling child labour in supply chains

    16-17 July 2015, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland

    CLP members and ILO experts will review the policies and procedures a member company has in place to address child labour and consider how these could be strengthened.

  19. Training

    Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: the approach of the MNE Declaration

    15-19 June 2015, International Training Center of the ILO, Turin, Italy

    This five-day course will look at how governments, enterprises and the social partners are encouraged to each put policies in place and engage with each other through dialogue to maximize the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to socio economic development and decent work.

  20. Webinar

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

    6 May 2015, 16:30 pm CEST (10:30 am EDT)
    Webinar convened by the ILO and the UN Global Compact

    This one hour webinar looks at what companies can do to improve the climate of labour-management relations, especially in countries without an adequate institutional and legal framework for recognizing trade unions and for collective bargaining. It addresses challenges companies may face in their workplaces and in their communities of operations to realize freedom of association.

  21. Information gathering on MNE Declaration started in preparation for the special MNE Declaration session during the 13th African Regional Meeting

    At its 320th session in March 2014, the ILO Governing Body adopted a new follow-up mechanism on the MNE Declaration, comprised of promotional activities and an information gathering mechanism.

    In preparation of the 13th African Regional Meeting (Addis Ababa, 30 November – 3 December 2015), the International Labour Office is sending questionnaires directly and simultaneously to the Governments and Employers’ and Workers’ organizations of the ILO member States in the African region.

  22. Baltic Rim Economies Review

    "Corporate Social Responsibility and Decent Work" by ILO Director-General

    31 March 2015

    Corporate Social Responsibility has the stated aim of encouraging the positive contribution of business to socio economic development and reducing the risk of possible negative impact, including along the complex systems of global supply chains, thus becoming an intrinsic part of the way business does its business. This approach recognizes that enterprises have a responsibility to ensure that jobs are decent, workplaces are safe and inclusive, proper wages are being paid and workers have a voice to come up for their rights. At the same time genuine CSR seeks to encourage the positive impact of the private sector as a major player in society creating jobs that provide incomes and learning opportunities. To fully harness the potential of the private sector, the ILO was one of the first international organizations to adopt an instrument that introduces a social dimension to the forces shaping globalization, The Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration). In the 1970s it was ahead of its time and today it is more relevant than ever to engage with business and achieve a fair globalization.

  23. Country-level assistance

    New service to promote Corporate Social Responsibility in Bolivia

    The employers’ organization Confederación de Empresarios Privados de Bolivia (CEPB) has established a new CSR Unit (Unidad de Responsabilidad Social Empresarial, URSE) with the technical assistance of the ILO Bureau for Employer’s Activities (ACT/EMP) and the ILO Country Office for the Andean Countries. The unit aims at providing technical and specialized assistance to its member companies, giving visibility to their efforts on this area, creating a space for enterprises to share knowledge on CSR, and building the capacity of corporate executives through certified courses. The Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit (MULTI) supported CEPB in the launch of its CSR Unit when participating in a series of activities in La Paz in February 2015, highlighting the global and regional trends in CSR and the approach of the ILO MNE Declaration.

  24. Country-level assistance

    Engaging multinational enterprises on job creation for young women and men in Cote d’Ivoire

    As the economy of Côte d’Ivoire slowly recovers after a long period of crisis, building a bright future for the young generation is crucial. The increasing number of multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating in the country are a promising yet largely untapped source for local job creation. Until now, jobs have been mainly filled by foreigners due to limited skilled labour available locally. The ILO provides assistance to the government, employers and workers organizations to address the situation by engaging MNEs on this national priority.

  25. Training course

    International labour standards and corporate social responsibility: frameworks and practices

    8-12 December 2014, International Training Center of the ILO, Turin, Italy

    By analysing international instruments, frameworks and trends on corporate social responsibility, this five-day course aims to strengthen the capacity to promote international labour standards and apply them in corporate social responsibility policies and practices.

  26. Child Labour Platform (CLP) Meeting

    Tackling Child Labour in Supply Chains

    4-5 December 2014, ILO, Geneva

    The Child Labour Platform helps companies identify obstacles in implementing the ILO and Global Compact child labour principles in supply chains and surrounding communities and advises on practical ways of overcoming them. The next meeting of the CLP will include a peer review of the policies and procedures to address child labour of a member company. The meeting will also offer a “deep dive” into specific issues, such as sub-sector collaboration, audits and certification, and applying due diligence to tackle child labour.

  27. 2014 UN Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

    New ILO standards on the elimination of forced labour– A multi stakeholder approach to address contemporary forms of forced labour and trafficking

    1 December 2014, 14:45-16:15, Palais des Nations, Room XXI

    Side event organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Working Group on Business and Human Rights at the occasion of the 3rd annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights.

  28. Inter-agency Roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility 

    Sustainable public procurement on the rise

    19 November 2014

    Comment by Emmanuel Julien, Deputy-Director, Enterprises Departement

  29. Inter-agency Roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility

    CSR Roundtable- Public Procurement Policies

    19 November 2014, ILO, Geneva

    The annual CSR Rountable is a joint initiative co-organized by the ILO, UNCTAD and OECD. It brings together CSR experts from international organizations, developments agencies, governments representatives as well as leading academics. The aim is to promote policy coherence and facilitate collaboration among the international organizations. The Roundtable this year is hosted by the ILO and will discuss public procurement policies as a mechanism for fostering sustainable and responsible business conduct.

  30. Webinar

    Safety and Health in the Construction Sector- Overcoming the Challenges

    7 November 2014, 15:30 – 16:30 (WET), Webinar convened by the ILO and the United Nations Global Compact

    A one hour webinar with ILO experts dealing with occupational safety health and the construction sector to discuss the challenges of protecting workers. The webinar aims to provide practical guidance to enterprises wishing to make health and safety an integral part of their business model.

  31. World Investment Forum 2014

    Foreign Direct Investment: Getting it right

    17 October 2014

    Comment by Aenas Chuma, ILO Regional Director for Africa.

  32. World Investment Forum 2014

    The creation of more and better jobs through investment

    16 October 2014, Palais des Nations, Geneva

    The ILO is organizing, in cooperation with UNCTAD, a dialogue on maximizing the positive impact of foreign direct investment (FDI). The discussion will facilitate exchange of experiences on policies, strategies and incentives to encourage multinational enterprises to promote more and better jobs in their operations abroad. Participants will include investment policy makers, negotiators and promotion agencies of host and home countries of multinational enterprises.

  33. Report

    Multinational enterprises, development and decent work

    18th American Regional Meeting, Lima, 13-16 October 2014

    Report on the promotion and application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in the Americas.

  34. ILO-OECD High-Level Roundtable on Responsible Supply Chains in the Textile and Garment Sector

    29-30 September 2014 - Paris, France

    This roundtable will provide a forum for dialogue on building responsible supply chains in the textile and garment sector that contribute to inclusive growth and sustainable development, in line with the recommendations of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The roundtable will also identify challenges and possible areas for future collaborative action.

  35. Webinar

    New international standard on the elimination of forced labour - Implications for business

    Friday 5 September 2014- Webinar convened by the ILO and the United Nations Global Compact

    A one hour webinar will be conducted by ILO experts on forced labour. The discussion will focus on the important role of business in the global efforts to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery and the new ILO Protocol and Recommendation to Convention No. 29 on forced labour.

  36. Interview with Sam Gurney, Governing Body Workers’ Spokesperson (MNE Segment) on the new follow-up mechanism to the MNE Declaration"

    13 June 2014

    Sam Gurney, Governing Body Workers’ Spokesperson (MNE Segment) explains the increasingly important role multinational entrerprises play in today’s globalized economy and underlines the importance of the new follow-up mechanism to the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) adopted by the ILO Governing Body in March 2014.

  37. Information gathering process on MNE Declaration started in the Americas region

    At its 320th session in March 2014, the ILO Governing Body adopted a new follow-up mechanism on the MNE Declaration, comprised of promotional activities and an information gathering mechanism.

    The new information gathering process will be initiated with the 18th American Regional Meeting (Lima, Peru, 13-16 October 2014). The information gathering from the tripartite constituents in the region has started with the distribution of the questionnaire.

  38. Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work: the ILO’s MNE Declaration

    Friday 6 June, 13:15-14:30, Palais des Nations, Room XXIII

    An information session is organized on the new follow-up mechanism to the MNE Declaration adopted by the Governing Body, the new tool “Business and Decent Work: An introduction to the MNE Declaration” and country experiences in promoting the MNE Declaration. Deputy Director-General for Policy, Sandra Polaski, will open the event followed by a tripartite panel discussion.

  39. Promoting intercontinental social dialogue between China and Africa

    15-16 May 2014, Beijijng

    The China-African Trade Union Leaders Seminar on the “Labour relations and role of trade unions in MNCs” was held in Beijing from 15-16 May 2014. Tim De Meyer, Director of ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia addressed the participants and underlined the importance of dialogue between the Chinese companies and the African trade unions with the increasing Chinese investment in Africa. He encouraged the Chinese companies to draw on the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) in their development in Africa.

  40. Business and Decent Work: an introduction to the MNE Declaration
    An E-learning module

    E-learning module is only available on-line:  www.ilo.org/mnelearning

    The E-learning module provides an interactive opportunity to become knowledgeable about the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and to learn how its recommendations can be put into practice to address a range of labour and employment issues. These 40 minutes, self-guided module provides an overview of the MNE Declaration, interactive case studies, a summary of related international instruments and frameworks, and a list of relevant resources.

  41. CSR Roundtable - Promoting Responsible Inverstment

    14 November 2013, ILO Headquarters, Geneva

    The annual CSR Roundtable is a joint initiative co-organized by the ILO, UNCTAD and OECD, that this year was hosted by the ILO. The Roundtable brings together CSR experts from international organizations, development agencies, Governments representatives as well as leading academics and is aimed at promoting policy coherence among the international organizations. This year’s theme is “Promoting Responsible Investment”.
    For more information, visit the Roundtable’s website:www.csrroundtable.org

  42. II World Forum of Local Ecomonic Development

    29 October - 1 November 2013, Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil

    The II World Forum of Local Economic Development aims to facilitate dialogue and exchanges between local, national and international actors on the efficiency and impact of local economic development in tackling current challenges. The role of the private sector in local economic development will be addressed as part of the theme “Local Development Economic Strategies: the great challenges”.

  43. Strengthening CSR policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

    11 October 2013, Brussels, Belgium

    On 11 October 2013, the first European Union (EU)–Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) took place in Brussels as a joint initiative of the European Commission External Action Service (EEAS) and CELAC. This high-level seminar was organized as a follow-up to theDeclaration adopted by the European, Latin American and Caribbean Heads of State and Government who met during the 1st EU-CELAC Summit / 7th EU-LAC Summit Government in Santiago (Chile) on 26-27 January 2013 to address an Alliance for Sustainable Development to Promote Investments of Social and Environmental Quality.

  44. Child Labour Platform – an International Labour Organization - Global Compact initiative

    Thursday 19 September 2013- Panel Discussion hosted by the ILO and Global Compact

    This panel discussion will introduce the Child Labour Platform as a business-led forum of frank exchange to eliminate child labour in global supply chains.

  45. Business and the Realization of Indigenous Peoples' Rights

    Tuesday 16 July 2013- Webinar convened by the ILO and the UN Global Compact Office

    This one hour webinar will be conducted by ILO experts on indigenous peoples. It seeks to discuss contributions by government, enterprises, employers’ and workers’ organizations to the realisation of indigenous peoples’ rights, as enshrined in ILO Convention No. 169 on indigenous and tribal peoples.