Switzerland is a founding member State of the ILO, its headquarters’ host country and an important contributor to the ILO’s development cooperation programme. Switzerland has ratified 60 Conventions, including the eight Fundamental and three Governance Conventions.

Switzerland’s strategic contributions to the ILO

Switzerland funds the ILO through:

  • Assessed contributions paid by all ILO member States by virtue of their membership, which constitute the ILO’s core funding or regular budget. Between 2010 and 2018, Switzerland provided more than US$ 39 million.
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions provided as earmarked funds for priority programmes and projects in addition to assessed contributions. Between 2010 and 2018, it amounted to US$ 84.6 million.
In 2017, Switzerland counted as the ILO’s 8th largest development cooperation partner.

The main development partners of the ILO in Switzerland are the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Expenditures of Swiss voluntary funds by region in 2018 (as at 30 September)

Switzerland’s International Cooperation priorities

For the 2017–20 period Switzerland pursues seven strategic goals of international cooperation: 1. developing an international framework that responds to global challenges; 2. preventing and managing crises, disasters and fragility, and promoting conflict transformation; 3. ensuring sustainable access to resources and services for all; 4. promoting sustainable economic growth; 5. strengthening the rule of law and democratic participation; 6. promoting the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; 7. strengthening gender equality.

In 2017, Switzerland spent CHF 3.05 billion on ODA, amounting to 0.46% of the country's gross national income (GNI).