Global Programme on Employment Injury Insurance and Protection

About the Global Programme on Employment Injury Insurance and Protection

Levering on ILO’s extensive on-the-ground experience with enterprises and social security institutions, the Programme addresses workforce needs in case of employment injury. Country-tailored technical assistance is provided bearing in mind the reality in terms of affordability and capacity to attain effective coverage of workers and compliance with social security.

Expectations of ILO tripartite-plus stakeholders

Seeking modern solutions to guarantee fundamental right to employment injury protection for all new non-standard forms of employment.
  • Workers
Demanding inclusive growth so no worker is worried of being victim of injuries at work; and receiving adequate benefits no less than under C.121.
  • Enterprises
Demanding conducive conditions and an enabling environment for productive and sustainable business development offering employment injury protection of human capital through practically tailored, accessible, and affordable employment injury benefits delivered by well managed social security institutions providing employment injury protection; varying demands across sectors.
  • Global Supply Chains
International buyers and consumers demanding purchased goods emerge from responsible production and purchasing practices that respect the cost to the right to employment injury insurance for all workers across the supply chains and avoids two-tier standards between domestic production and international production.
  • National Governments
Seeking social and economic development plans that efficiently link employment injury protection (EIP) to labour protection for occupational safety and health and the right to EIP; Initially for all enterprise workers (formal sectors) through sound tripartite decision making and governance.

Decent work by way of coverage of all workers in case of work injuries (SDG indicator 1.3.1) and Decent work (SDG 8).

ILO Country Intervention Model
On Compensation, Prevention and Compliance
From National to Workplace Levels

Global Employment Injury Programme strategic pillars

  • Global advocacy: state of Employment injury insurance protection (EIIP) around the world; global experts consultations to agree on stocktaking and performance measurement; “C121 Campaign” - linking the enterprise workers with EIIP institutions; breaking the EIIP coverage glass ceiling – best practices; legacy from the Rana Plaza.
  • Leading to: SDG 1(target 1.3), monitoring of coverage of workers in case of work injury and SDG 8, Decent Work and economic growth.
  • Regional GEIIP Programmes: bringing enterprises and social security EIIP institutions together to comply with EII schemes; capacity building for workers’ representatives and employers.
  • ILO technical advisory services: ILO financial and actuarial services; national assessments knowledge development and tools; mainstreaming EIIP into MNE and cross-policy areas; helpdesk for enterprise-level interventions in case of accidents.

Technical Cooperation & Advisory Country Portfolio (existing and pipeline)

  • Ethiopia: Actuarial review of Workers’ Compensation Scheme and integrated OSH-Better Work.
  • Tanzania: Operationalization of Workers’ Compensation Board (2016) – training of doctors in occupational injury assessment, financing system, actuarial review, institutional training
  • Malawi : Review and institutional framework of EII law (2007) to implement and set up an institution. 
  • Kenya: Legal review - From Employer Liability to Employment Injury Insurance Scheme
  • Liberia : EIP for public health workers in aftermath of Ebola
  • Guinea, Zambia, Mali, Congo RDC : Actuarial valuation WCB
  • Zanzibar: EII legal review
  • Botswana: High-level advocacy
  • Bangladesh: Rana Plaza, Tazreen, Tampoco; national EII scheme
  • Pakistan:Ali Ent., Sindh Province
  • Malaysia: Actuarial valuation SOCSO
  • Thailand: Draft legislation on EII for Fishing Workers (Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam- pipelines)
  • Jordan. Actuarial valuation
  • Gulf states: feasibility of EII schemes; EIP for migrant workers


ILO Internal Programmes: Social Protection
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