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ILO Thesaurus

The ILO Thesaurus is a compilation of more than 4000 terms relating to the world of work, in English, French, and Spanish.

Subjects covered by the thesaurus are grouped into 19 main subject categories or facets:

 01 International relations
 02 Social policy, social protection and social security
 03 Economic development
 04 Law, human rights, government and politics
 05 Social sciences, culture, humanities and art
 06 Education and training
 07 Rural development, agriculture, forestry and fishing
 08 Economic activities
 09 Trade
 10 Transport
 11 Financing
 12 Management
 13 Labour and employment
 14 Population, race relations and migration
 15 Health and safety
 16 Environmental sciences
 17 Earth sciences
 18 Research and science
 19 Library and information science

For more information on the ILO Taxonomy and ILO Thesaurus, please email us at