EU and ILO to strengthen constituents’ capacity on labour dimension of human rights due diligence

A new EU-funded action will enable the ILO to inform and train its constituents globally on effective and inclusive human rights due diligence and responsible business conduct, thereby advancing decent work.

Press release | 14 December 2023
BRUSSELS (ILO News) – The European Commission and the International Labour Organization (ILO) signed today a global project ‘Human Rights Due Diligence in support of Decent Work (HRDD4DW)’.

It is co-funded by the European Union (EU) for a total budget of 5,5 million EUR. It aims to provide ILO constituents – governments, employers and workers – a better understanding of the labour dimension of HRDD in alignment with principles of international labour standards and national labour law.

Over the next five years, the project will provide user-friendly information on effective human rights due diligence policies and processes. The ILO will also equip its constituents with the tools and opportunities to engage in social dialogue, so that they can protect and help realize human rights.


Workers’ organizations and employer and business membership organizations (EBMOs), will receive training on HRDD and decent work. The training will also strengthen EBMOs’ own ability to develop services to guide their members on how to align business operations with the international labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work, and address key labour issues as part of human rights due diligence processes.

The decisions of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, and other key ILO data will be made available and more accessible through a digital platform. Both the project’s stakeholders and the general public will be able to access this platform.

The project is one of the ILO’s contributions to the Team Europe Initiative (TEI) on sustainability in global value chains.

The HRDD4DW reaffirms the ILO and EU’s commitment to promote human rights, decent work, social justice and sustainable development worldwide, as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 8 on inclusive economic growth with decent work for all.