Employment injury insurance and protection is vital to social peace, inclusive and fair redistribution as well as economic and competitive success. Enterprises of all types have the responsibility to protect all their work force in case of injury and workplace risks. Through the Global Programme on Employment Injury Insurance and Protection (GEIP), the ILO addresses workforce needs in case of employment injury. The programme leverage on ILO’s extensive experience with enterprises and social security institutions.
GEIP provides technical, legal and actuarial assistance, tailored to the needs and to the capacity of each country.
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Contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In 2015 world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a roadmap for coordinated global action to tackle the formidable challenges facing humanity.
Throught Goal 8 of the SDGs, namely “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, the global community has recognized the importance of the ILO's Decent Work Agenda and its strategy in making inclusive sustainable development a reality.
The GEIP provides concrete actions towards the achievement of this goal. By promoting employment injury insurances and protection in case of injury at workplace, the programme also contributes to Poverty Reduction (SDG 1.1) and enhanced Social Protection (SDG 1.3) for all.
ILO’s programmeThe 2020 - 2021 ILO Programme and Budget calls on the establishment of floors of social protection for all workers in the context of its 8th Outcomes.Outcome 8: Comprehensive and sustainable social protection for allOutput 8.1. Increased capacity of member States to develop new or reformed sustainable national social protection strategies, policies or legal frameworks to extend coverage and enhance benefit adequacy.
Output 8.2. Increased capacity of the member States to improve the governance and sustainability of social protection systems.
Output 8.3. Increased capacity of the member States to integrate social protection in comprehensive policy responses to support and protect workers and employers during their life and work transitions.
Employment Injury Insurance standards and conventions
Protection from employment injury has been the object of a number of Conventions and Recommendations adopted by the ILO from its early days. It also is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), 1948, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966.
R202 - The Social protection floors recommendation, 2012 (No. 202)The ILO strategy on the extension of social protection has been adopted by the 100th Session of the International Labour Conference in 2011.
“Basic income security for persons in active age who are unable to earn sufficient income, in particular in cases of sickness, unemployment, maternity and disability” is defined as one of four social security guarantees that each national social protection floors should comprise.