Public-Private partnerships

Public-private partnerships on standards and fundamental principles and rights at work

Everyone has the right to work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. This means that all women and men should be able to choose their employment freely, in a workplace that is exempt from child labour, forced labour and discrimination, where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is respected – and where they are covered by adequate social protection.

The ILO’s mandate seeks to ensure that member States apply the provisions of the international labour standards that they have ratified, and that all 186 member States respect the principles contained in the Organization’s eight core Conventions, which are enshrined in the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: the rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining; the elimination of forced labour; the abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in employment. Since 2008, 63 ILO public-private partnerships (PPPs) promoting standards and fundamental principles and rights at work have been signed, amounting to US$ 19,319,600 (or 27 per cent of total PPP funding). The vast majority of partnerships focus on the eradication of child labour in supply chains.