Independent evaluation of the ILO's strategy to promote sustainable enterprises and decent work - Volume I

The scope of the evaluation covers 2007 to 2012 and places focus on three indicators under Outcome 3 of the Strategic Policy Framework 2010–15: (i) reform of policy and regulatory frameworks to improve enabling environments for sustainable enterprises; (ii) implementation of entrepreneurship development policies and programmes for the creation of productive employment and decent work; and (iii) implementation of programmes to foster the adoption of responsible and sustainable enterprise-level practices.

This evaluation examines the progress mae in ILO's efforts to promote sustainable enterprises adopted by the International Labour Conference at its 96th Session (2007.The conclusions emphasize the importance of the promotion of sustainable enterprises as a major tool for achieving decent work, sustainable development and innovation that improves standards of living and social conditions over time. Sustainable enterprises are a principal source of growth, wealth creation, employment and decent work in most countries. Promoting sustainable enterprises is fundamentally about strengthening institutions and governance systems that nurture enterprises and encourage them to operate in a sustainable manner. This requires that the needs and interests of the enterprise be balanced with the aspirations of society for a path of development that respects the values and principles of decent work, human dignity and environmental sustainability. These aims call for new forms of cooperation between government, businesses, labour and society at large.