Accountability and Transparency

Reliable and regularly updated financial and results data are an essential component of informing, monitoring, reporting and evaluating progress towards achieving decent work for all and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a results-driven organization, the ILO uses open data to share progress on performance with its constituents, partners and the broader public. The ILO sees transparency as part of the larger process of informed governance and organizational learning. Transparency makes the ILO a reliable partner and ensures its accountability.

Improving transparency means:

  • establishing an evidence-base for the results achieved;
  • providing insights on how, where and for what the ILO uses its resources;
  • ensuring value for money;
  • enhancing coordination between recipients and contributors to ILO support and increasing coherence in the multilateral system;
  • putting in practice internationally recognized principles for effective development cooperation.
For this reason, the ILO has embarked on a transparency journey to enhance the comprehensiveness, quality and frequency of its financial and results data publications. This includes applying the data standards established by the UN for reporting financial data and working with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC).

Based on a multi-phase action plan, the ILO is also looking at how it can improve its own systems and address any gaps in its current capacity to collect, manage and publish financial and results data.

The ILO is committed to preventing fraudulent and other proscribed practices and to actively promote an anti-fraud culture among officials, external collaborators, grantees, implementing partners and vendors. The ILO has zero tolerance to proscribed practices. The Office processes for reporting different kinds of proscribed practices and the subsequent investigation, review/recommendation, decision and sanction (where applicable) are shown in the flow chart below:
The ILO's efforts for continuous improvement build on a long-standing history of openness, transparency and accountability in all ILO operations, including: