Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: the approach of the MNE Declaration

This five-day course will look at how governments, enterprises and the social partners are encouraged to each put policies in place and engage with each other through dialogue to maximize the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to socio economic development and decent work.

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This course looks at the potential of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and national enterprises for contributing to respect for labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all. It introduces participants to the guidance set out in the tripartite declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy (the "MNE Declaration") for enterprises, governments, employers and workers' organizations. Through case studies, dialogue with MNEs and a company visit, participants will gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of government and enterprises in realizing workers' rights, fostering job creation and skills development, and supporting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises through business linkages.

The course strengthens the capacity of government institutions, employers' and workers' organizations and enterprises to apply the principles of the MNE Declaration and more closely align private actions with public policy objectives and national development priorities, also taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .