Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: the approach of the MNE Declaration

This five-day course will look at how governments, enterprises and the social partners are encouraged to each put policies in place and engage with each other through dialogue to maximize the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to socio economic development and decent work.

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Multinational enterprises (MNEs) play a key role in today’s globalized economy, both through their investment decisions in host countries and through their purchasing activities within integrated production systems or global supply chains. MNEs have the potential to contribute to the advancement of decent work and achievement of development priorities through their corporate policies and business operations. To accompany this process and the involvement of the different actors, the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (the MNE Declaration) provides guidance to enterprises, governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations on how to maximize the positive contribution of MNEs and larger national enterprises to economic and social development and minimize and resolve possible negative impacts.

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of government institutions, employers’ and workers’ organizations and enterprises to apply the principles of the MNE Declaration and closer align private actions with public policy objectives, including in light of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the broader Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Specific objectives
At the end of the course, participants will:
  • be knowledgeable of the provisions of the MNE Declaration;
  • be able to assess the impact of business operations on workers’ rights; understand the different roles of governments, the private sector, employers’ and workers’ organizations in maximizing the economic and social development impacts of MNEs;
  • gain insights into how to foster a public-private collaborative approach on issues of mutual concern;
  • be able to better serve their institutions, organizations or enterprise in the area of social policy.

Participants’ profile
The course is designed for representatives of governments, employers’ organizations and workers’ organizations responsible for policies related to socio-economic development, FDI and operations of MNEs. It also targets managers in enterprises responsible for social policy and interested in developing more collaborative approaches to address their labour-related human rights impacts as well as socio-economic development issues.

The course will be conducted in English and French. Hence a good knowledge of one of these working languages is required.

For more information, please visit the website of the International Training Center of the ILO or contact