The International Labour Organization (ILO) works with the government, workers and employers organisations to promote decent and productive employment opportunities for women and men in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has been an active member state of the ILO since 22 June 1972 and has ratified 35 ILO Conventions including seven fundamental conventions.
The ILO opened its office in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 25 June 1973, and initially started working on expanding income-earning opportunities through labour-based infrastructure development and maintenance.
More recent technical cooperation activities have focused on enhancing working conditions and labour rights with considerable emphasis being placed on the ready-made garment sector. Major initiatives are also taking place in the areas of skills development and increasing employability of young and adult women and men. In addition, the ILO strives to enhance social protection and decent employment conditions for Bangladeshi migrant workers. Effort is made to eliminate child labour, promote the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples and establish basic social protection benefits.
ILO's tripartite nature sees it working closely with the Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), the National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE) and the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC). ILO also cooperates with many other key actors in civil society, academic and research institutions, private sector and the media.
As part of the UN system in Bangladesh, the ILO supports the Government of Bangladesh in implementing its Five Year Plan and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 8 to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.