Public-private partnerships

  • Decent Work: An alliance for the future

    Public-private Partnerships (PPPs) have played an important role in promoting decent work around the world for more than a decade, mobilizing resources, knowledge and expertise to foster the work of the Office. The ILO continues to promote the development of PPPs as an effective and collaborative way of leveraging its values, principles and standards. The tripartite nature of the ILO has been critically important in building such partnerships.

  • The ILO encourages decent employment opportunities

    The ILO addresses modern-day employment challenges and promotes decent, high quality jobs.

    Public-private partnerships in this area aim to create employment, develop skills and build productive and sustainable enterprises.

  • The ILO enhances social protection

    The ILO promotes policies and provides assistance to countries in a bid to help them extend adequate levels of social protection to all women, men and their families.

    Public-private partnerships in this area aim to build safe and healthy workplaces, create social protection floors, protect young and migrant workers and prevent HIV and AIDS.

  • The ILO strengthens dialogue on work-related issues

    The ILO supports governments, employers and workers in the establishment sound labour relations, in the adaptation of labour laws needed to meet changing economic and social needs and in the improvement of labour administration.

    Public-private partnerships in this area aim to build the capacities of social partners, enhance decent work in a range of economic sectors - such as maritime, construction, agriculture and manufacturing - promote decent work in supply chains and enchance labour inspection.

  • Find out how the ILO promotes standards and fundamental principles and rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues - with public and private partners.

Partnerships for decent work

Who is teaming up with the ILO? 

PPPs have been forged with diverse actors including enterprises, multinationals, foundations, universities, and research and knowledge centres, NGOs and other non-state actors.

These partnerships have supported all areas of work of the ILO, including on the promotion of standards and fundamental principles and rights at work (where collaboration aims to eliminate child labour,forced labour and discrimination at work and support collective bargaining and the freedom of association), employment, social dialogue and social protection.

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 238 partners have taken action for decent work with the ILO.

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.