Public-private partnerships

Partnerships for decent work

Who is teaming up with the ILO? 

Our current public-private partners are diverse and range from multinational enterprises to foundations and research institutes. Our partners have joined forces with the ILO, for exapmle, to combat child and forced labour and to ensure healthy and safe operations and workplaces.
Decent work is good for business. Socially responsible practices are conducive to gains in productivity, competitiveness, innovation and access to new markets. The ILO has collaborated with the private sector since its foundation in 1919. Since 2008, when the Organization adopted its basic principles governing public-private partnerships, more than 200 partners have taken action for decent work with the ILO - through more than 250 innovative partnerships.

ILO Business Networks

  1. ILO Global Business and Disability Network

    A network of multinational entreprises, employers' organizations, business networks and disabled persons' organizations who share the conviction that people with disabilities have talents and skills that can enhance virtually any business.

  2. Better Work Buyer Partnership

    Brands and retailers are industry leaders in the movement to reimagine the global supply chain, where workers’ rights are realised and businesses gain a competitive advantage to grow. Workers, their employers and governments are critical pillars for change within countries, and brands and retailers can serve as a fourth pillar of support for stable, sustainable improvement.

  3. Child Labour Platform

    A partnership of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as co-chairs of the UN Global Compact Labour Working Group. It identifies obstacles to the implementation of ILO Conventions in supply chains and surrounding communities, identify practical ways of overcoming such obstacles, and catalysing collective action.

  4. Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors

    A platform for enterprises to share experiences on social protection and to foster the debate on the role of enterprises in supporting the installation of public social protection systems in countries where they operate.


  1. Garment Sector

    Better Work to collaborate with Fair Wear Foundation to improve garment factory working conditions

  2. International Standards

    ILO revises its landmark Declaration on multinational enterprises

    The ILO has revised its landmark Declaration on multinational enterprises and social policy, which provides guidance on how companies can contribute to the realization of decent work for all.

  3. Social protection

    Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors

    This Network aims to bring together multinational enterprises, employers’ organizations and corporate foundations to share good practices and contribute to the promotion and establishment of Social Protection Floors, worldwide.