Introduction to International Labour Standards

"The rules of the global economy should be aimed at improving the rights, livelihoods, security, and opportunities of people, families and communities around the world." - World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, 2004 (Note 1)

Since 1919, the International Labour Organization has maintained and developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity. In today's globalized economy, international labour standards are an essential component in the international framework for ensuring that the growth of the global economy provides benefits to all.

Note 1 - ILO: A Fair Globalization: Creating opportunities for all, Report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (Geneva, 2004), p. 143.