Portfolio of Policy Guidance Notes on the Promotion of Decent Work in the Rural Economy

The Role of Multinational Enterprises in the Promotion of Decent Work in Rural Areas

Widening income disparities in the developing world between urban and rural areas have renewed the focus on policies to spur growth and productivity in the rural economy. Large enterprises – whether multinational or domestic – have a crucial role to play in direct and indirect employment creation and skills development in rural areas, as well as the respect of rural workers’ rights. This policy guidance note addresses how the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) can provide guidance on these issues. It concludes by providing specific recommendations for governments, companies, and employers’ and workers’ organizations.