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

24 participants from 14 countries from the Latin American and Caribbean region gathered in the ILO Regional Office in Lima for a one-week training on the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.

Participants from governments, employers’ and workers organizations discussed the opportunities and challenges posed by the operations of multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the region, learnt about the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), and identified further opportunities to apply its recommendations in their respective countries.

The MNE Declaration provides guidance’s to both government and multinational enterprises in the areas of general policies, employment, training, conditions of work and life and industrial relations with the aim of encouraging the positive contribution MNEs can make to economic and social progress and to minimize and resolve difficulties and challenges to which their various operations may give rise. The principles contained in the MNE Declaration are based upon ILO international labour standards and are aligned with both the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Participants welcomed and recognized the relevance and usefulness of the MNE Declaration in their respective countries as a tool to further optimize impacts of MNEs. Specifically, participants underlined the importance of dialogue and collaboration between all actors involved and at all levels, to ensure that MNEs contribute to national development priorities and the realization of the Decent Work Agenda.

Participants also learnt about the new operational tools incorporated into the MNE Declaration following its most recent revision in March 2017. One of these is the establishment of tripartite appointed national focal points, whose mandate it is to actively promote the principles of the MNE Declaration In their countries.

Finally, participants identified action points to further promote and implement the MNE Declaration in their respective countries, underscoring the urgency and importance of establishing national focal points to accelerate the promotion and implementation of the MNE Declaration.
This course was organized as a follow-up to the conclusions adopted at the 18th American regional meeting and a preparation to the regional follow-up mechanism to the MNE Declaration that will again be conducted in the Americas prior to the 19th American regional meeting in Panama.