Social Protection Department

The Social Protection Department provides ILO member States with tools and assistance to achieve and maintain the human right to social protection. Since its creation in 1919, the ILO has actively promoted policies and provided assistance to countries to supply adequate levels of social protection to all members of society guided by international social security standards adopted by its tripartite constituents, in particular its flagship Convention concerning Minimum standards of social security, 1952 (No. 102) and the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202)


  1. © Ferry Latief / ILO 2017

    Social protection

    ILO launches global appeal for donations to support social protection floors

    19 December 2017

    For the first time, the International Labour Organization (ILO) makes donations by private households, enterprises and foundations possible.

  2. © Sharada Prasad CS

    ILO Social Protection Floors Calculator

    Social protection is affordable even in most low-income countries

    13 December 2017

    ILO releases a number of easy-to-use tools and guides, which show that most countries could afford to provide social protection floors if they chose to.

  3. © Pierre Holtz / UNICEF

    World Social Protection Report 2017-2019

    ILO: 4 billion people worldwide are left without social protection

    29 November 2017

    New ILO report shows that massive efforts are still needed to ensure that the right to social security becomes a reality for all.


  1. Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors

    Leading multinationals highlight importance of social protection

    Geneva, 24 October 2017

    Representatives of more than a dozen multinational enterprises met in Geneva to highlight the importance of investment in social protection floors for growth in emerging markets.

  2. Conference on Universal Social Protection

    Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

    New York, 21 September 2016

    The World Bank Group and the ILO together with other leading development agencies, met during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly to present the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection.

  • Universal social protection is a human right and a State responsibility. As countries begin this pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, there is increased recognition that social protection is fundamental in reducing poverty and inequality, in improving human capital and productivity and in supporting growth and jobs. Social protection responds to many of the challenges that we face today.

    Guy Ryder,
    Director General of the
    International Labour Organization