Features

2015

  1. © ILO Arab States 2015

    ILO response to Syrian refugee crisis

    Lebanese farmers pay heavy price for Syrian crisis

    21 May 2015

    The tranquillity of Lebanon's fertile north belies a brewing crisis. Just two miles from Syria and its civil war, local farmers say the conflict has been disastrous for business

  2. © O. Girard/CIFOR 2015

    Gender equality

    Choosing between family and work should not be an option

    06 May 2015

    Young women in West Africa often find it hard to get a job. Holding on to it once they start a family can even be harder.

  3. Working conditions and productivity

    When dialogue makes good sense for businesses and workers alike

    01 May 2015

    The successful introduction of effective and regular systems for employers and workers to communicate has boosted productivity and improved working conditions in a Viet Nam auto production company. It has also shown how important it is for such initiatives to be replicated more widely so that new laws bring real, grassroots change.

  4. Rana Plaza, two years on

    Factory inspector, a challenging but honourable job

    22 April 2015

    Since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse there has been a sustained effort to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the Labour Inspectorate. ILO is supporting this process through its Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector Programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Amongst the newly recruited inspectors trained by ILO is 27-year-old Farzana Islam.

  5. © Flickr / rijans 2015

    Rana Plaza, two years on

    Rebuilding life after Rana Plaza: Stories of survivors

    20 April 2015

    Two years after the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, the ILO has helped many survivors get back on their feet and back to work, two of whom have opened their own successful businesses and are thinking big for the future.

  6. © F Mira / Flickr 2015

    Social Protection

    Cabo Verde: On the road to universal pension coverage

    17 April 2015

    When it comes to establishing social protection floors, few nations in Africa can match Cabo Verde’s commitment and results.

  7. Economic and Social Council 2015 Integration Summit

    Wanted: 600 million jobs!

    01 April 2015

    The third and final day of the 2015 ECOSOC Integration Segment closed with a high-level panel on the challenge of creating 600 million jobs over the next decade while also promoting environmental sustainability. The day also included discussions on matching education and skills to market demands, and on financing for development and partnerships for Decent Work.

  8. Labour inspection

    Technology lightens the load for factory inspector

    01 April 2015

    ‘LISA’ App on a tablet makes the job of a labour inspector in Colombo easier and helps monitor cases and ensure compliance with labour laws.

  9. 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.

  10. Economic and Social Council 2015 Integration Summit

    Making Dignity and Prosperity the Norm

    31 March 2015

    The second day of the ECOSOC Integration Segment saw a keynote speech by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on how international labour standards should form the basis for promoting a "high road" to economic growth. The discussions also focused on the link between climate change and decent job creation, the progress made on gender equality issues since the Beijing conference 20 years ago, and how job-rich growth can lead to inclusive and sustainable development in Africa.