Multinational enterprises

Today, some 50,000 multinational enterprises and their 450,000 affiliates employ over 200 million people throughout the world. Their impact is felt in virtually every facet of industry, trade, services and business activities. In 1977 the ILO’s Governing Body adopted the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy to guide and inspire the conduct of multinational enterprises and how they relate to host governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations. The principles of the Declaration reflect good policy and practice in such areas as employment, training, conditions of work, safety and health, and industrial relations.

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. Policy brief

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

  2. Policy Note

    Inclusive business practices in Africa's extractive industries

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.