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.


  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. 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.

  2. Factsheet

    Engaging multinational enterprises on more and better jobs

  3. Report

    Report on Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work

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

  4. Report

    Sustainable public procurement as a tool for promoting responsible business

    Summary Report of the 2014 Interagency Roundtable on CSR


  1. New ILO standards on the elimination of forced labour– A multi stakeholder approach to address contemporary forms of forced labour and trafficking

    1 December 2014, Room XXI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

  2. Tackling child labour in supply chains - Child Labour Platform (CLP) Meeting

    4 - 5 December 2014, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland

  3. International labour standards and corporate social responsibility: frameworks and practices

    8 - 12 December 2014, International Training Center of the ILO, Turin, Italy