The ILO Governing Body and the MNE Declaration

The Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) was adopted by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office.

The Governing Body is composed of 56 titular members (28 Governments, 14 Employers and 14 Workers) and 66 deputy members (28 Governments, 19 Employers and 19 Workers). Ten of the titular government seats are permanently held by States of chief industrial importance (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States). The other Government members are elected by the International Labour Conference every three years. The Employer and Worker members are elected in their individual capacity.

The Governing Body has the overall responsibility for the promotion of the MNE Declaration. The Governing Body reviews on a regular basis the overall strategy and underlying activities to promote the instrument together with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations in all ILO member States. The Governing Body is also responsible for the procedure for the examination of disputes concerning the application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy by means of interpretation of its principles (interpretation procedure).

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