Multinational Enterprises (MULTI)
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Multinational Enterprises (MULTI)

The Multinational Enterprises Programme (EMP/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 programme 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 programme 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. World Investment Forum 2014

    Foreign Direct Investment: Getting it right

    Comment by Aenas Chuma, ILO Regional Director for Africa.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

    E-learning module is only available on-line:

    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.

  13. 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

  14. 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”.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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