"As an important feature of globalization, EPZs have been monitored by the ILO for over 20 years. Zones take many forms, including free trade zones, special economic zones, bonded warehouses, free ports and maquiladoras.
The ILO has defined EPZs as "industrial zones with special incentives set up to attract foreign investors, in which imported materials undergo some degree of processing before being (re)exported again".
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Find information on export processing zones through Labordoc
- ILO publications on export processing zones
- All publications on export processing zones available in Labordoc
International Labour Standards
- C87 Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948
- C98 Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention , 1949
- C100 Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951
- C111 Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958
- C122 Employment Policy Convention, 1964
- C135 Workers' Representatives Convention, 1971
- C156 Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention, 1981
- C158 Termination of Employment Convention, 1982
- C169 Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989
- R90 Equal Remuneration Recommendation, 1951
- R165 Workers with Family Responsibilities Recommendation, 1981
- R166 Termination of Employment Recommendation, 1982
International labour standards can be found in the NORMLEX database.
- ILO: ILO database on export processing zones (Revised), 2007 (pdf 149 KB)
- World Bank: Special economic zones : progress, emerging challenges, and future directions, 2011
- You will find statistics on the topic in the following selection of publications.