Areas of work

  1. Cooperatives

    A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

  2. Conducive environment for sustainable enterprise, including COOPs

    seeks to enhance a favourable environment for sustainable enterprises combining the legitimate quest for profit with the need for development that respects human dignity and decent work. Such an environment encourages investment, entrepreneurship, workers’ rights and the growth of enterprises by balancing the needs and interests of enterprises with the aspiration of society.

  3. Entrepreneurship and enterprise development

    expects to link job quality and productivity with real benefits for employers and workers, promoting an entrepreneurship culture, enhancing the coverage and quality of business services and building enterprise development institutions.

  4. Local Economic Development (LED)

    The ILO advises on how local economic development strategies can promote sustainable and productive work, raise incomes, expand social protection and enable women and men to effectively participate in local development decisions in their communities.

  5. MNEs contributors to creation of employment

    aims to encourage the positive contribution which multinational enterprises can make to economic and social progress and to minimize and resolve the difficulties to which their operations may give rise. This area of work seeks to implement the MNE Declaration which was recently re-affirmed in 2008 in the “ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization”.

  6. Social responsible enterprise-level practices

    aims to enhance innovations in work organization, continuous workplace learning, good labour-management relations and respect for workers’ rights to raise productivity and competitiveness in SMEs while also promoting decent work.

  7. The Start and Improve Your Business Programme

    The Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme is a management-training programme with a focus on starting and improving small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment in developing economies and economies in transition.

  8. Value Chain Development (VCD)

    ILO's Value Chain Development work focuses on the subsectors that are most relevant for job creation and job quality improvement.The ILO aims at addressing systems and institutions that can drive competitiveness and job creation in specific sectors by using a market development approach.

  9. Women's Entrepreneurship Development (WED)

    ILO-WED works on enhancing economic opportunities for women by carrying out affirmative actions in support of women starting, formalizing and growing their enterprises, and by mainstreaming gender equality issues into the ILO's work in enterprise development.

  10. Youth Entrepreneurship Development

  11. Business Development Services (BDS)

  12. ILO Helpdesk for Business on International Labour Standards