Why enterprise formalization?The incidence of informal enterprises is high, particularly in developing countries where the informal economy provides a source of livelihood for people who cannot enter the formal economy. Informal enterprises are often characterised by low productivity and decent work deficits, they do not generate public revenues and they tend to engage in unfair competition with formal enterprises.
- The ILO conducts research and provides advisory services to constituents to facilitate enterprise formalization, for example through appropriate and well-coordinated legislation, policies and compliance mechanisms.
- This work is combined with direct measures to support enterprise formalization, such as business development services and measures that make business registration cheaper, easier and more attractive.
- The work undertaken by the team contributes to the SDG Goals of Agenda 2030, and builds on ILO Recommendation 204 concerning the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy, which was adopted by the ILC in 2015.
ILO supports the formalization of enterprises in Mozambique in order to promote decent work
01 June 2023
Webinar on reducing informality in forced displacement contexts
ILO supports formalization of enterprises and workers in forced displacement contexts
22 May 2023
ILO builds capacities of experts on the Formalize Your Business training
27 April 2023
Enterprise formalization briefs
Enterprise Formalization: Tailored registration, tax and social security requirements for MSEs
25 January 2021
Enterprise Formalization: Simplifying and facilitating business start-up and compliance
25 January 2021
Enterprise Formalization: An Introduction
12 January 2021