Introduction to International Labour Standards

"Experience shows that economic growth is not sufficient. We must do more to empower individuals through decent work, support people through social protection, and ensure the voices of the poor and marginalized are heard. As we continue our efforts to achieve the Millenium Development Goals and shape a post-2015 development agenda, let us make social justice central to achieving equitable and sustainable growth for all." (Note 1)

Since 1919, the International Labour Organization has maintained and developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity. In today's globalized economy, international labour standards are an essential component in the international framework for ensuring that the growth of the global economy provides benefits to all.

Note 1 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for the World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2014