Multinational enterprises

Through their globalized production systems, multinational enterprises (MNEs), their subsidiaries and extended value chains represent an important share of the private sector in many developing and industrialised economies. The potential contribution of MNEs to the creation of more and better jobs is large, mostly in their supply chains but also through foreign direct investments (FDI). To guide and encourage their positive contribution to socio-economic development and minimize negative impacts of their operations, the ILO promotes the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration).

Key resources








  1. Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, 5th edition (March 2017)

  2. Looking for answers to your questions?


    ILO Helpdesk for business on international labour standards

    The ILO Helpdesk for Business gives advice on how to align business operations with principles of the MNE Declaration.

  1. E-learning module

    Business and decent work:

    An introduction to the MNE Declaration

Highlight

  1. Responsible Supply Chains in Asia

    Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum 12-13 June 2019

    The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum (#RBHR Forum) is a multi-stakeholder event addressing an array of priority issues under the Responsible Business Conduct and Business and Human Rights agendas. The Forum will take place during the Bangkok Business and Human Rights Week, 10-14 June in Bangkok.

  2. Regional follow up

    Information gathering on the MNE Declaration started in preparation for the report and special session on the MNE Declaration during the 14th African Regional Meeting

    In preparation of the 14th African Regional Meeting (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 3–6 December 2019), questionnaires are being sent by the International Labour Office directly and simultaneously to the Governments and Employers' and Workers' organizations of the participating ILO member States.

  3. Responsible supply chains

    ILO, EU and OECD join forces for responsible supply chains

    Geneva, 26-29 November 2018

    The ILO launches a new project on responsible supply chains in the Philippines with the EU and the OECD to promote corporate social responsibility and responsible business conduct with regard to decent work, international labour standards, environmental sustainability and respect for human rights.

  4. Report

    Report on the promotion and application of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in the America

    19th American Regional Meeting, Panama, 2-5 October 2018

  5. Project

    Promoting responsible supply chains in Asia

    A new joint action by the European Union, the ILO and the OECD on responsible supply chains will promote corporate social responsibility (CSR)/responsible business conduct (RBC) with regard to decent work, environmental sustainability and respect for human rights.