Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) - 5th Edition (2017)

The MNE Declaration is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance to enterprises (multinational and national) on social policy and inclusive, responsible and sustainable workplace practices.

It is the only global instrument in this area and the only one that was elaborated and adopted by governments, employers and workers from around the world. It was adopted 40 years ago and amended several times, most recently in March 2017. Its principles are addressed to multinational and national enterprises, governments of home and host countries, and employers’ and workers’ organizations providing guidance in such areas as employment, training, conditions of work and life, industrial relations as well as general policies. The guidance is founded substantially on principles contained in international labour standards.

To stimulate the uptake of its principles by all parties, the ILO Governing Body has adopted operational tools.

What's new

  1. Training

    International labour standards and corporate social responsibility: the labour dimension of human rights due diligence

    19 October - 13 November 2020

    Online course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of international labour standards as they relate to company operations (including due diligence related to labour rights) and how those principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations.

  2. Policy brief

    Restructuring for recovery and resilience in response to the COVID-19 crisis

    This brief provides guidance to companies on good practices on restructuring in response to the COVID-19 crisis, consistent with the provisions of international labour standards. It also suggests actions that employers’ and workers’ organizations can take to support enterprises and workers during restructuring.

  3. Regional follow-up

    Information gathering on the MNE Declaration started in preparation for the report and special session on the MNE Declaration during the 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting

    In preparation of the 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting, questionnaires are being sent by the International Labour Office directly and simultaneously to the Governments and Employers' and Workers' organizations of the participating ILO member States.

  4. E-learning course

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

    11 May - 5 June 2020

  5. Launch of the Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean Fund

    This Fund, launched under the framework of the RBCLAC project, funded by the EU and jointly implemented by ILO, OECD and OHCHR, provides funding opportunities to initiatives that contribute to the promotion and implementation of responsible business conduct in Latin America.

    To find out more about the Fund, register and submit your proposal, please visit the RBCLAC Fund’s website.

  6. Video

    What is RBCLAC?

    The new programme Responsible business conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean, implemented together with the OECD, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and funded by the European Union, aims to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU and Latin America and Caribbean by supporting responsible business conduct practices in line with the UN, ILO and OECD instruments.

  7. Case study

    The ILO MNE Declaration at the centre of a transnational dialogue within the Labour and Social Dialogue Council of the West African Economic and Monetary Union

    The Council for Labour and Social Dialogue of the Union économique et monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)/West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) is the first subregional social dialogue institution to discuss the promotion of the MNE Declaration and to adopt specific recommendations addressed to its member States and social partners for the application of its principles.

  8. Regional Report

    Report on the promotion and application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in Africa

    14th African Regional Meeting, Abidjan, 3-6 December 2019

  9. Country case studies

    Jamaica designates its tripartite Labour Advisory Council as national focal point for the promotion of the ILO MNE Declaration

    Jamaica is the first country in the Americas region to appoint a national focal point for the promotion of the MNE Declaration and the application of its principles and is the first country to appoint a tripartite social institution as a unique focal point.

  10. News

    ILO, Tokyo 2020 sign agreement to promote decent work in run-up to the Games

    26 April 2018

    The International Labour Organization and Tokyo 2020 sign an agreement to promote socially responsible labour practices in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Japanese capital.

  11. News

    ILO revises its landmark Declaration on multinational enterprises

    17 March 2017

    The ILO has revised its landmark MNE Declaration on multinational enterprises and social policy, which provides guidance on how companies can contribute to the realization of decent work for all.