Units and programmes

  1. Cooperatives (EMP/COOP)

    The Unit is responsible for the implementation of the Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002, (Rec.193) which mandates the Office to assist constituents and cooperative organisations to promote the development of cooperatives in all ILO Member States.

  2. Small and Medium Enterprises Unit (SME)

    There is broad agreement that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vital to achieving decent and productive employment as they globally account for two-thirds of all jobs and also create the majority of new jobs. Therefore, the promotion of SMEs has been a key area of intervention for the ILO. Its advisory services on SME policies are in high demand among ILO member countries. The ILO provides added value because of its focus on both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of employment creation and the fact that it serves constituents that provide a large potential outreach.

    The 2015 ILO Report on SMEs and employment creation provides up-to-date evidence on the relevance of SMEs for employment, the key constraints faced by SMEs and their workers, and the effectiveness of measures to support this enterprise segment.

  3. Multinational Enterprises (EMP/MULTI)

    The Unit focuses on building the capacity of governments, social partners, and enterprises to promote and apply the MNE Declaration by providing policy guidance to governments on maximizing social and economic benefits of MNE operations, developing information resources to encourage coordinated approaches between governments and enterprises, and providing training and supporting capacity building.

  4. The Green Jobs Programme

    The ILO's Green Jobs Programme actively promotes the creation of green jobs through research, international advocacy, capacity building, knowledge sharing and at national level through the provision of political and technical advisory services. These efforts create decent employment opportunities, enhance resource efficiency and build low-carbon sustainable societies.

  5. Social finance programme

    With an emphasis on social justice, the ILO's Social Finance Programme supports efforts to extend financial services to excluded persons by addressing two main goals:
    -The promotion of better employment; and
    -A reduction in the vulnerability of the working poor.