Multinational enterprises

Through their globalized production systems, multinational enterprises (MNEs), their subsidiaries and extended value chains represent an important share of the private sector in many developing and industrialised economies. The potential contribution of MNEs to the creation of more and better jobs is large, mostly in their supply chains but also through foreign direct investments (FDI). To guide and encourage their positive contribution to socio-economic development and minimize negative impacts of their operations, the ILO promotes the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration).

Key resources

  1. Looking for answers to your questions about labour standards?

    ILO Helpdesk for business on international labour standards

    The ILO Helpdesk for Business gives advice on how to align business operations with principles of the MNE Declaration.

  1. E-learning module

    An introduction to the MNE Declaration

    Available in six languages

  2. Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

  3. Factsheet

    Engaging multinational enterprises on more and better jobs

  4. Annotated bibliography on the application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

    The publication presents a solid collection of research, analysis, and guidance documents  on the activities of multinational enterprises published by the ILO and others from 2005 to 2015. It provides a range of information on labour and employment issues to parties interested in translating the principles of the MNE Declaration into action.

Highlight

  1. Report

    Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work

    16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting Bali, Indonesia, 6 - 9 December 2016

    Report on the promotion and application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in Asia and the Pacific.

  2. Policy brief

    The Role of Multinational Enterprises in the Promotion of Decent Work in the Rural Areas

  3. Policy Note

    Inclusive business practices in Africa's extractive industries

  4. Report

    Multinational enterprises, development and decent work

    13th African Regional Meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 November - 3 December 2015

    Report on the promotion and application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in Africa.

  5. Report

    Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work

    18th American Regional Meeting, Lima, Peru, 13-16 October 2015

    Report on the promotion and application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in the Americas.

  6. Engaging multinational enterprises on job creation for young women and men in Cote d’Ivoire

    As the economy of Côte d’Ivoire slowly recovers after a long period of crisis, building a bright future for the young generation is crucial. The increasing number of multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating in the country are a promising yet largely untapped source for local job creation. Until now, jobs have been mainly filled by foreigners due to limited skilled labour available locally. The ILO provides assistance to the government, employers and workers organizations to address the situation by engaging MNEs on this national priority.