Comment and analysis
The current state of the global labour market: Implications for achieving the Global Goals
13 March 2023
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. But with the COVID-19 pandemic upending the global labour market in recent years, progress towards achieving these goals has been disrupted. From rising unemployment and informal work to slowing productivity growth and persistent gender inequalities, the pandemic has highlighted the need for urgent action to build a more resilient and equitable world of work.
How to achieve gender equality in global garment supply chains
10 March 2023
Global supply chains are a key entry point for women to enter the formal workforce, but serious decent work deficits remain prevalent, including discrimination, violence and harassment. Find out how a more equitable set of policies and actions could help the garment industry drive inclusive economic growth.
Investments in Least Developed Countries are key to sustainable development
08 March 2023
Interview with Githa Roelans, Unit Head, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement.
Amid crisis there is reason to hope – if we come together to pursue social justice
01 February 2023
In a blog for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, ILO Director-General calls for more international cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals and greater social justice.
Viewing jobs law and Perppu through the lens of freedom of association
07 January 2023
An opinion editorial by Albert Bonasahat, national project coordinator of the ILO Ship to Shore Rights Programme, published by the Jakarta Post on 7 January.
Forest sector employs 33 million around the world, according to new global estimates
25 November 2022
Quantifying how many people are employed in the forest sector is not a straightforward exercise. Nonetheless, the ILO, FAO and the Thünen-Institute of Forestry joined forces to estimate the global workforce in forest-related activities and provide insights on labour market trends in this sector.
Understanding child labour statistics
21 November 2022
While the percentage of children in child labour has remained unchanged over the four year period, the absolute number has increased by over 8 million.
International labour standards as human rights
17 November 2022
Tim de Meyer, Senior Advisor in the ILO’s International Labour Standards Department (NORMES), explains how rights and standards in the world of work are linked to human rights and why they are essential for establishing social justice and decent work for all.
The new EU Directive on minimum wage sets a dual goal
16 November 2022
In seeking to reduce working poverty and inequality, it focuses on improving the adequacy of statutory minimum wages as well as the promotion of collective bargaining.
World Cup 2022: What has changed for migrant workers in Qatar?
15 November 2022
Recent labour reforms in Qatar have already improved conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers, but urgent additional efforts are needed to ensure all workers can benefit.