Multinational enterprises

Through their globalized production systems, multinational enterprises (MNEs), their subsidiaries and extended value chains represent an important share of the private sector in many developing and industrialised economies. The potential contribution of MNEs to the creation of more and better jobs is large, mostly in their supply chains but also through foreign direct investments (FDI). To guide and encourage their positive contribution to socio-economic development and minimize negative impacts of their operations, the ILO promotes the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration).

Key resources

  1.                                                                                                        Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), 5th edition, 2017

  2. Selected principles of the MNE Declaration particularly relevant for enterprises in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparation for recovery and resilience

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    ILO Helpdesk for business on international labour standards

    The ILO Helpdesk for Business gives advice on how to align business operations with principles of the MNE Declaration.

  1. E-learning module in now available in 5 languages

    English, French, SpanishChinese and Japanese

  2. Questions and answers

    Company-Union Dialogue: An operational tool of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration)

Highlight

  1. GB.341/POL/5

    Promotional activities with regard to the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and related developments outside the ILO

  2. Progress report

    Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises and promotion of business linkages between MNEs and local enterprises in Sierra Leone

  3. Video

    Voices from national focal points for the promotion of the MNE Declaration

    Excerpts from interviews conducted with national focal points for the promotion of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (Declaration on MNEs) of Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal

  4. Brief

    Employers and workers negotiating measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, protect livelihoods and support recovery: A review of practice

    The brief reviews how the social partners – employers' and workers’ organizations – have engaged with each other in bipartite social dialogue, including collective bargaining, in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.