October 2017

  1. Business and persons with disabilities

    Three multinational enterprises join the ILO’s Global Business and Disability Network

    23 October 2017

    More leading companies join the 17-member network and commit to the ten principles of the Global Business and Disability Charter.

  2. © PEO ACWA 2018

    WESO 2017

    Innovative firms are more competitive and create more jobs

    20 October 2017

    The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2017: Sustainable Enterprises and Jobs, released earlier this month shows innovative companies tend to be more productive, create more jobs and employ more skilled and female workers. ILO News discussed some of these findings with Marva Corley-Coulibaly, lead author of the report.

  3. © ILO/Cordova 2018

    New report ECLAC/ILO

    Urban unemployment will keep rising in Latin America and the Caribbean and is seen reaching 9.4% in 2017

    19 October 2017

    In a new joint report, ECLAC and the ILO indicate that labour conditions deteriorated in a context of low regional economic growth, although some signs of recovery exist.


    More than 4.1 million tested for HIV under VCT@WORK initiative

    17 October 2017

    The Voluntary Counselling and Testing at work (VCT@WORK) initiative has reached over 6 million workers and family members. Of those, more than 4.1 million were tested for HIV and 103,000 referred to access anti retro-viral treatment.


    Testing for HIV at the workplace – on the farm, in the mines and at the hairdressers

    17 October 2017

    Over 4.1 million workers took HIV test in 18 countries as part of ILO’s efforts to fast track HIV testing.

  6. © Long Hongtao / XINHUA 2018

    World Employment and Social Outlook 2017 – Sustainable enterprises and jobs

    ILO calls for new strategies to help SMEs get loans

    16 October 2017

    Bank loans can help firms improve job quality and productivity, but are often difficult to get for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Consequently, policy-makers should look into ways to make it easier for SMEs to access such external funding.

  7. © WorldSkills Interna 2018


    Are young people overskilled or underskilled?

    13 October 2017

    This week, as we prepare ILO’s participation in the World Skills Competition 2017, taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 15-18 October, we are left to reflect on a major theme which is troubling governments, employers, workers and young people across the globe – the so called skills mismatch.

  8. Blog

    The World of Work at the heart of WTO’s Public Forum 2017

    13 October 2017

    The World Trade Organization’s Public Forum is the WTO’s annual gathering for policymakers, academics, civil society and anyone with an interest or a stake in global trade and trade policy. This year’s forum, held at WTO headquarters in Geneva 26-28 September, was all about jobs, reflected also in the World Trade Report launched there, entitled “Trade, Technology and Jobs”. The ILO played an active role, speaking at five panels, including two by Deputy Director General Deborah Greenfield.

  9. News

    The horror of modern slavery on screen

    12 October 2017

    50 for Freedom advocate and actor, Joaquín Furriel, was special guest of the International Labour Organization at a screening in Geneva of the award-winning movie, ‘The Boss: Anatomy of a crime.’

  10. Blog

    5 ways governments can support agriculture insurance

    09 October 2017

    Agricultural insurance can play an important role in securing farmers’ livelihoods and boosting the efficiency of the agricultural sector, but access to agricultural insurance remains low.