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23 April 2018 - 27 April 2018

Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: The approach of the ILO MNE Declaration

23 April 2018 - 27 April 2018

Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: The approach of the ILO MNE Declaration

Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: The approach of the ILO MNE Declaration

Course Information

23 April 2018 - 27 April 2018

English

Turin Centre

Code: A9011204

English

Deadline: 09 April 2018

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This course looks at the potential of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and national enterprises to contribute to respect for labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all. It introduces participants to the guidance set out in the tripartite declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy (the "MNE Declaration", 5th revised edition, March 2017) for governments, employers' and workers' organizations and enterprises. Through case studies, dialogue with MNEs and a company visit, participants will gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of government and enterprises in realizing workers' rights, fostering job creation and skills development, and supporting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises through business linkages.

Description

Description

This course looks at the potential of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and national enterprises to contribute to respect for labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all. It introduces participants to the guidance set out in the tripartite declaration of principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy (the "MNE Declaration", 5th revised edition, March 2017) for governments, employers' and workers' organizations and enterprises. Through case studies, dialogue with MNEs and a company visit, participants will gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of government and enterprises in realizing workers' rights, fostering job creation and skills development, and supporting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises through business linkages.

Target audience

Target audience

This course is designed for representatives of governments, employers' and workers' organizations responsible for policies related to socio-economic development, foreign direct investment and operations of MNEs; business managers responsible for social policy and interested in developing more collaborative approaches to address their labour-related human rights impacts and socio-economic development issues.

Objectives

Objectives

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of government institutions, employers’ and workers’ organizations and enterprises

 At the end of the course, participants will:

• be knowledgeable of the principles of the MNE Declaration and its operational tools;
• be able to assess the impact of business operations on workers’ rights;
• understand the different roles of governments, the private sector, employers’ and workers’ organizations in maximizing the economic and social development impacts of MNEs;
• gain insights into how to foster a public-private collaboration for the realization of Decent Work

Content

Content

The course will consist of three modules:

Module I. MNEs, ILO instruments and other inter-governmental instruments and frameworks

  • The role of MNEs in economic and social development
  • Roles and challenges of enterprises, governments, employers' and workers' organizations in promoting responsible, sustainable and inclusive business practices
  • Introduction to the ILO MNE Declaration: its aim and scope, its approach, its principles and operational tools
  • Other international instruments and frameworks: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, UN Global Compact, OECD MNE Guidelines

Module II. Workers’ rights and MNE impacts

  • Overview of rights set out in the MNE Declaration
  • The realization of the ILO Fundamental principlpes and Righst at Work
  • Respecting workers' rights: Company approaches and challenges
  • Government role: rule of law and law enforcement
  • Role of ILO constituents
  • MNEs and social dialogue

Module III. MNE contribution to sustainable development

  • Investment promotion
  • Skills development, local hiring and training
  • Business linkages with local SMEs
  • Aligning government and company inittiatives with public policies
  • Enterprises' experiences and partnerships 
  • Guidelines set out in the MNE Declaration
  • Tripartite consultations on policy discussion related to socio-economic development, FDI and operations of MNEs

Format and Methodology

Format and Methodology

The course will take a highly participatory approach, which requires full involvement by all participants and ensures exchange of information and experiences. Training methods will include: introduction of concepts with illustrative examples followed by plenary discussions, interviews with companies(face-to-face and/or by videoconference), role plays, group work, and breakout sessions. Resource persons will include specialists from ILO and trainers from ITCILO.

Language requirements

Language requirements

The course will be conducted in English, hence a good knowledge of the working language is required.

How to apply

How to apply

The application deadline is subject to availability and varies:

4 weeks before the commencement date of the course, in case the participant needs a Schengen visa; for other participants not requiring Italian entry visa, the deadline for application is one week prior to the scheduled commencement date of the course. Candidates must submit through the website the following documents:

  • and a letter from the sponsor indicating financial support (or letter from the applicant stating that participation cost is covered by himself/herself), to be uploaded when filling in the on-line application form.

Applications from employers’ organizations and workers’ organizations will have to be endorsed by the Secretaries of the Employers’ Group and of the Workers’ Group of the Governing Body of the ILO. As an Organization dedicated to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, the ILO is taking a leading role in international efforts to foster gender equality.In line with this ILO focus, women are particularly encouraged to apply to ITCILO courses.

Information and Costs

Information and Costs

The total cost of participation is 2,215 Euro.

This includes tuition fees (1,600  Euro) and subsistence costs
(615 Euro).
• The tuition fees cover: course preparation, implementation and evaluation; training materials; the use of training facilities and support services.
• Subsistence costs cover: full board and lodging on the Centre’s Campus, emergency medical insurance and some recreational activities in Turin.
The figures quoted do not include the cost of travel between the participant’s home country and the course venue.
Participants must ensure that they have a valid passport and appropriate visa for Italy, and for any country in
which a transit or stopover to or from the course venue is required.

The cost of the visa, airport taxes, internal travel in the participant’s home country and unauthorized stopovers is not covered.

For information regarding payment, cancellation and refunds, please consult:
http://www.itcilo.org/en/training-offer/how-to-apply

 

2016 Edition

2016 Edition

2016 edition of course on “Multinational Enterprises, Development and Decent Work” successfully concluded

Over 20 participants representing government, workers and employers organizations from Asia Pacific, Africa and Arab states gathered in Turin at the end of May to discuss and learn about policies and approaches to maximize the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to socio economic development and decent work.

The training course held from 25 to 27 May 2016, was organized by the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit (MULTI) of ILO Geneva and the Sustainable Development Programme of the International Training Centre of the ILO (Turin, Italy). The interactive training programme centred on the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) as a framework for action and engagement regarding multinational enterprises to address sustainable development and inclusive growth through  job creation, skills development, protection of workers’ rights, and dialogue. The seminar  highlighted the contribution  the private sector can make to the realization of in the new sustainable development goals (SDGs)  and the guidance provided by the MNE Declaration for a closer alignment of private actions with public policy objectives. .

Participants increased their knowledge of the MNE Declaration and the principles it sets out in the fields of employment, training, conditions of work and life and industrial relations, which governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations are recommended to observe. The second part of the seminar was geared towards practical application of the MNE Declaration with the presentation of case studies and  country level initiatives engaging with MNE.  Role plays addressing the issues of skills development and workers’ rights in supply chains enabled participants to analyse situations from different perspectives. Participants further discussed opportunities and challenges related to  engaging dialogue with multinational enterprises and new investors, and the role of national tripartite social dialogue institutions to this regards.

At the end of the course, all participants developed an action plan  specific to their country or  economic sector and defined steps for their organization or government to engage with enterprises on  achieving the SDGs through creation of  more and better jobs.

Tuition cost: 1600

Subsistence cost: 615

Total cost: 2215

 

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