Mission and impact of the ILO

Promoting jobs, Protecting people

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.

Only tripartite U.N. agency, the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

Today, the ILO's Decent Work agenda helps advance the economic and working conditions that give all workers, employers and governments a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.

Country data and ILO results

  1. ILO country knowledge portal

    National information and data on labour laws, standards, policies and statistics. Country profiles provide also relevant information on ILO projects and programmes, publications and good practices.

Stories of impact

  1. ILO in action: Out of the fields and into the classroom

    23 November 2021

    Senior Programme Officer in Turkey, Nejat Kocabay, explains how four ILO projects are helping to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture in Turkey, including hazelnut harvesting. The projects, targeting seasonal agricultural workers, are being implemented in collaboration with the EU, Dutch and Turkish governments, Ferrero and CAOBISCO – The Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of Europe.

  2. © ILO 2021

    I reinvented my businesses to survive the pandemic

    19 November 2021

    Women Entrepreneurs are the backbone of many successful businesses, and their numbers are growing. Meet Peruvian business owner, Alenka Marquina, whose persistence, self-belief and hard work enabled her to adapt her businesses to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – preserving the livelihoods of her employees.

Unmatched expertise and knowledge about the world of work

In support of its goals, the ILO offers unmatched expertise and knowledge about the world of work, acquired over almost 100 years of responding to the needs of people everywhere for decent work, livelihoods and dignity. It serves its tripartite constituents - and society as a whole - in a variety of ways, including:
  • Formulation of international policies and programmes to promote basic human rights, improve working and living conditions, and enhance employment opportunities
  • Creation of international labour standards backed by a unique system to supervise their application
  • An extensive programme of international technical cooperation formulated and implemented in an active partnership with constituents, to help countries put these policies into practice in an effective manner
  • Training, education and research activities to help advance all of these efforts