International Labour Standards on Social policy

The ILO Constitution, in the Declaration of Philadelphia, states that "all human beings, irrespective of race, creed or sex, have the right to pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity" and that the fulfilment of this objective "must constitute the central aim of national and international policy". Social policy formulated through dialogue between the social partners has the best chance of achieving the aims agreed upon by the international community. Relevant ILO standards provide a framework for creating social policies which ensure that economic development benefits all those who participate in it.

Selected relevant ILO instruments

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