Accountability and Transparency

  • Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

    The ILO is fully committed to transparency and accountability in our relations with development partners, governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations and the general public.

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
The ILO is committed to openness, transparency and accountability in all its operations, activities and decision-making processes. Given its unique tripartite governance structure involving representatives of workers' and employers' organizations as well as governments, the ILO has a long history as an open and transparent organization.

This commitment is expressed in a variety of ways including:
  • regular and public reporting to the Governing Body on results;
  • a Public Information Disclosure Policy to ensure that information on ILO policies, strategies and operational activities is available to the widest possible audience;
  • a zero tolerance policy with respect to fraud and dishonesty and active promotion of an anti-fraud culture;
  • an Independent Oversight Advisory Committee reviewing, monitoring and reporting to the Governing Body on governance, accountability and ethical issues.
  • the role of the Ethics Officer in fostering a culture of integrity and high ethical standards;
  • adherence to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
  • a publicly accessible and expanded Development Cooperation Dashboard showing expenditure of core voluntary contributions (Regular Budget Supplementary Account - RBSA - since 2008) and non-core voluntary contributions (Extra-budgetary Technical Cooperation - XBTC, since 2005) by country and region.
  • updated reporting to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Development Assistance Committee Creditor Reporting System (OECD/DAC CRS)
  • building on an earlier commitment to aid transparency and working with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to map data on the ILO’s expenditure of all voluntary contributions to the IATI standard, with ILO spending and project details being reported through the IATI website.
The introduction of these and other measures follows a review of good practices in the UN system as well as in other public service environments. ILO business practices and procedures are being continuously evaluated with a view to achieving the highest standards of transparency, accountability and efficiency.