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.


  1. Video

    Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development, June 2019

    International Training Center ITC Turin, June 2019

    Testimonials of resources persons and participants to this annual training course organized jointly by WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies) and the ILO.

What's new

  1. News

    The Sierra Leone Local Content Agency joint hands with the Ministry of labour, employers and workers as national focal points to promote the ILO MNE Declaration in Sierra Leone

    Sierra Leone has become the third country in Africa to appoint national focal points for the promotion of the MNE Declaration and the application of its principles.

  2. Training

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

    21-25 October 2019

    This five-day 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.

  3. Responsible Supply Chains in Asia

    Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum

    12-13 June 2019

    The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum (#RBHR Forum) is a multi-stakeholder event addressing an array of priority issues under the Responsible Business Conduct and Business and Human Rights agendas. The forum will take place during the Bangkok Business and Human Rights Week, 10-14 June 2019 in Bangkok.

  4. Press release

    China to benefit from responsible business conduct in supply chains

    5 March 2019

    Delegates to a technical seminar on CSR in the electronics and textiles sectors discuss challenges and practices.

  5. Press release

    Government of Georgia lines up for Decent Work through Corporate Social Responsibility

    28 February 2019

    Over 20 representatives from different line ministries gathered in Borjomi, Georgia to discuss decent work and responsible labour practices and its implications for Government within the framework of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration).

  6. New Guide

    The ILO MNE Declaration: What’s in it for Workers?

    May 2018

    In March 2017, the MNE Declaration was substantially amended. The changes respond to increased international investment and trade and the growth of global supply chains. Moreover, the revision addresses issues related to social security, forced labour, transition from the informal to the formal economy, wages, due diligence processes, grievance mechanisms and access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights violations.

  7. 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.

  8. News

    Senegal appoints four national focal points and lays the foundations of a national promotion strategy

    December 2017

    By appointing by ministerial order four national focal points responsible for the promotion and application of the MNE Declaration, Senegal has become the first country in Africa to appoint national focal points. Earlier this year, Senegal already made history by creating the first tripartite Commission to promote the MNE Declaration within a national social dialogue institution.

  9. 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.