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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Upcoming Courses
ILO Maritime Labour Academy - Track 2: Workshop on national legal implementation of the ILO MLC, 2006

This workshop focuses on questions that may arise for personnel entrusted with implementing the MLC, 2006 in national legal systems. It assumes a good knowledge of the Convention text but will also provide an overview of the MLC, 2006 requirements and model legal provisions. Read More

Code: A908100

When: 15 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

MNEs, development and decent work: the approach of the ILO MNE Declaration

This course will look at the potential of MNEs and national enterprises to contribute to the respect of labour rights and the achievement of decent work for all. It will introduce participants to the guidance set out in the MNE Declaration for enterprises, governments, employers and workers organizations. Through case studies, dialogues 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 development of SMEs through business linkages. The course aims to strengthen the capacity of government institutions, employers and workers organizations and enterprises to apply the principles of the MNE Declaration and closer align private actions with public policy objectives, including in light of Sustainable Development Goals and the broader Post-2015 Development Agenda. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 26 May 2015

Code: A908513

When: 15 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English, French

International labour standards for judges, lawyers and legal educators

This course examines international labour standards as a resource for strengthening domestic case law on labour matters. It also provides materials and methodology with which to train in this field. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 22 Jun 2015

Code: A908101

When: 22 Jun 2015 - 03 Jul 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English, French


Participants' voices: focus on International Labour Standards

Interview with Ms Cheryl Alphonse, Senior Cooperation Officer at the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources Development of the Republic of Seychelles Read More

Promoting learning excellence at the Centre through the ITCILO innovation fund - Gender

Widening and upgrading ITCILO on-line learning services in the field of rights at work and gender equality Read More

Social justice for a fair globalization

The ILO has just published “Rules of the Game: a brief introduction to International Labour Standards (Revised edition 2014)”. 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.

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.