ILO Recognition Awards

Innovation to promote fundamental principles and rights at work

Within the framework of the ILO Recognition Awards 2018, the ILO recognized innovation to promote fundamental principles and rights at work, namely with regard to the abolition of forced labour and the elimination of child labour.

News | 17 May 2019
The teamwork, innovation and leadership of ILO staff took centre stage at the ILO Recognition Awards at headquarters on 6 May 2019, as colleagues from the around the world were recognized by the Director-General and their peers for their outstanding service.
“Today’s award ceremony is a celebration to honour the remarkable contributions that ILO colleagues have made in realizing the mandate of our Organization to advance social justice and promote decent work,” said Director-General Guy Ryder.

“The accomplishments and the exceptional qualities and engagement of these colleagues join the achievements of the many women and men who, over the decades, have made this Organization.”

Within this framework, the following two initiatives received the 2018 ILO Innovation Award:

50 for Freedom campaign

50 For Freedom is a campaign launched in 2015 to promote the ratification of the ILO's Forced Labour Protocol, which leverages a range of innovative and creative campaign tools to strengthen global action. The campaign is a collaboration between several departments, and between the ILO, the ITUC and the IOE.

"The innovative aspects of the 50 for Freedom campaign lies in its multi-level approach where it combined use of online mobilizations, events, technical advisory services and partnerships supported by new creative campaign tools," said Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director-General for Policy, in her presentation of the winners of the Innovation Award.

"It had a huge impact. Thirty one countries have ratified the Protocol and many more are in the process of doing so."

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Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour

The Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour (RI) was established in 2014, after the III Global Conference on Child Labour (Brasilia, 2013) and before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, as an intergovernmental cooperation instrument that builds on more than 20 years of regional experience on the prevention and eradication of child labour. Its objective is to foster innovative strategies against child labour and contribute to achieving Target 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda.

Presenting the winner, Deborah Greenfield said: "The innovation of this initiative lies in its comprehensive strategy that incorporates a threefold approach to prevention, withdrawal and restitution of rights to child labourers. It also developed an innovative tripartite partnership model creating good synergies through a set of new institutional approaches."

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