Areas of Work

Multilateral Cooperation

The ILO works together with multilateral institutions to advance the creation of decent work.

Global Economic Recovery and Job Creation

The ILO promotes a strong, sustainable and balanced global recovery with jobs, highlighting the ILO Jobs Pact and Decent Work Agenda as valuable resources for governments and social partners.

Promoting International Labor Standards

One of the primary roles of the ILO is to formulate international labor standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations.

Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor

The ILO created the International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC) in 1992 to strengthen the capacity of countries to deal with the problem and promote a worldwide movement to combat child labor.

Better Work

Better Work is a partnership program between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to improve both compliance with labor standards and competitiveness in global supply chains.

Elimination of Forced Labor 

Forced labor takes different forms, including debt bondage, trafficking and other forms of modern slavery. The ILO works to combat the practice and the conditions that give rise to it.

Implementing Labor Principles in Global Supply Chains

The ILO, in partnership with others stakeholders, works on how to better align business operations with international labor standards and build good industrial relations.

Gender Equality in the Workplace

The ILO is committed to promoting gender equality in the workplace through a number of initiatives, ongoing research, and country projects.

HIV/AIDS in the Workplace

AIDS is a workplace issue because it has a marked impact on workers, their families and dependants, enterprises and national economies.

Labor and Trade

Fostering fair working conditions and respecting the right of workers is crucial so that workers benefit from globalization.

Youth Employment

The ILO has a special role to play in promoting policies and initiatives on youth employment as part of its commitment.


Social Protection

The ILO actively promotes policies and provides assistance to countries to help extend adequate levels of social protection to all members of society