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, 5th edition (March 2017)

  2. Looking for answers to your questions?

    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

    Business and decent work:

    An introduction to the MNE Declaration


  1. Country case study

    Advancing decent work in Vietnam: strengthening dialogue along the global electronics value chain

  2. Country case study

    Forging a partnership for sustainable and responsible business practices in the Sialkot sporting goods industry: a winning strategy

  3. Project

    Promoting responsible supply chains in Asia

    A new joint action by the European Union, the ILO and the OECD on responsible supply chains will promote corporate social responsibility (CSR)/responsible business conduct (RBC) with regard to decent work, environmental sustainability and respect for human rights.

  4. Research Department Working Paper No 22

    Uneven practices in voluntary labour commitments: An exploration of major listed companies through the VigeoEiris database

  5. Good practices

    Sustainable Mining: How good practices in the mining sector contribute to more and better jobs