Sustainable enterprises

Enabling environment for sustainable enterprises in Nepal

The report analyses Nepal’s performance against 17 key elements for enabling sustainable enterprises and provides recommendations for prioritised actions.

The study followed the tested ILO EESE methodology to collect and analyse all the necessary data and to present a report on the findings. The stakeholders identified nine important pillars for in-depth analysis. The survey was conducted among 622 employers representing four major sectors: tourism, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), agriculture, and manufacturing located in six different districts. Six countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Sri Lanka, and Uganda) were identified by the stakeholder as comparator countries for Nepal. The employers’ survey results are presented with the relative status in comparison countries.

Based on the assessment findings, stakeholders have concluded that the main challenge for enabling sustainable enterprises is the failure to translate existing legal opportunities into action and have provided major recommendations by categorizing them as cross-cutting, agro-based, tourism, ICT and manufacturing sectors related recommendations. A key recommendations is that a high level committee, with appropriate representatives, under the chairmanship of the secretary of Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MOLESS) be set up to coordinate and monitor the progress made in these recommendations in the next three years. The committee should review the recommendations, develop an agenda for action, and coordinate with other ministries on implementation. The ILO Office in Nepal has been requested for its Technical Assistance to initiate the implementation of priority actions in line with the recommendations.