The Sectoral Activities Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.

Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.


  1. Food, Drink and Tobacco Country Profile - Argentina

    01 January 2011

  2. Employment figures in the Tobacco Manufacturing Sector

    01 January 2011

  3. Employment figures in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector

    01 January 2011

  4. Work in Fishing Convention and Recommendation, 2007: Action Plan 2011–2016

    01 January 2011

  5. Food, drink and tobacco industry driving rural employment and development (fact sheet)

    01 January 2011


  1. The Joint WHO-ILO-UNAIDS policy guidelines on improving health workers’ access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support services: A guidance note

    25 November 2010

    Health workers often lack adequate access to preventive measures such as personal protective supplies or equipments as well as treatment access. The Joint WHO-ILO-UNAIDS 14-point policy guidelines have been developed to respond to this need and contribute to the promotion of universal access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support.

  2. Sectors at a Glance G20 The Uneven Road to Recovery First Semester 2010

    01 November 2010

    This at a glance fact sheet contains information on the impact of the global financial crisis up to the 1st Semester of 2010 in relation to employment, hours of work and wages for key economic sectors in G20 countries

  3. G20 Jobs Recovery: Sectoral Coverage The Uneven Road to Recovery: A First Semester 2010 Overview

    01 November 2010

  4. The sectoral dimension of the ILO’s work- Update of sectoral aspects regarding the global economic downturn: Public administration

    01 November 2010

  5. The 2010 World Teachers Day Message issued jointly by the ILO, UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF and Education International (EI)

    05 October 2010