International labour standards
International labour standards (ILS) are legal instruments that establish basic minimum social standards agreed upon by governments, employers and workers. ILS cover all matters related to work and are backed up by a supervisory system designed to deal with all sorts of problems in their application at the national level.

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This is the way we create positive change in the world

Together with the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the Turin Centre and the International Labour Standards Department at the ILO have set up two workshops for employers’ organizations on the ILO supervisory machinery. Read More

Participants' voices: focus on International Labour Standards

Interview with Mr Ramon Fernando Carranza Discua, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry or Labour and Social Security, Honduras, who participated in the “International Labour Standards” training activity from 19 to 27 May Read More

International labour standards training

International labour standards have developed into a comprehensive system of instruments on the world of work agreed upon by governments, employers and workers, backed by a supervisory system designed to address all kind of problems in their application at national level. Read More


Employers' Activities

The Programme for Employers’ Activities provides training to strengthen employers’ representatives in areas that are strategic for economic growth, governance, development and poverty alleviation. We believe that employers' and business associations can make significant contributions for sustainable development and therefore help Employers' Organizations around the world to become more representative and effective voices of business.

International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality

Our mission is to support the development of knowledge and skills to promote international labour standards (ILS) and rights at work, to strengthen their application and to advance the achievement of equality and decent work for all women and men.

Social Protection

The Social Protection Programme covers the same subjects as the Social Protection Sector of the ILO: social security, occupational safety and health and working conditions, international labour migration and HIV-AIDS in the workplace. Over the years, it has constantly adapted to the changing times.

Workers' Activities

The Programme for Workers’ Activities is the training arm of the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) of the ILO. The Programme responds to the training needs of workers' organizations through courses, materials, projects and advisory services.