Message from ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International MSME Day 2020
Five things SMEs need to survive COVID-19The COVID-19 outbreak has hit Small and Medium Enterprises and their workers hard. So what do SMEs need and what has worked in previous calamities to help them survive? Here are our top five policy options.
Small Matters: Global evidence on the contribution to employment by the self-employed, micro-enterprises and SME's
Drawing on a new ILO database, this 2019 report provides an up-to-date and realistic assessment of the global contribution of self-employment and micro- and small enterprises to employment – both in the formal and the informal economy. This ground-breaking study reveals that seven in 10 workers are self-employed or in small businesses, a finding that has significant implications for employment and enterprise support policies world-wide.
The unit's work focuses on four key areas: Entrepreneurship and Management Skills, Access to Markets, Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises and Productivity and Working Conditions.
Entrepreneurship and Management Skills
A set of training packages for different groups ranging from a first orientation for potential start-ups to in-depth training for existing enterprises, offered in more than 100 countries with more than 6 Mio participants over the last ten years.
Training and support services for women who wish to start and run their businesses, with a gender perspective that contributes to their empowerment.
Access to Markets
The Lab is a global initiative funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) that generates and applies knowledge on how a market systems approach can lead to sustainable decent work.
In other words: how can we make markets work better for the poor?
Interventions improving the functioning of entire markets or sectors that have the highest potential to create more and better jobs.
Enabling Environment Reform
Productivity and Working Conditions
Training and in-factory counseling for medium sized companies from emerging markets producing for large international buyers, covering issues such as workplace cooperation, quality management, and occupational safety and health.