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
Communicating labour rights: a training course for media professionals (BLENDED)

The course aims to strengthen participants' capacity to use international labour standards and the ILO's supervisory work to raise public awareness of internationally recognized human rights at work, and their relevance to local social issues. Read More

Code: A978171

When: 26 Oct 2015 - 04 Dec 2015

Venue: Blended

Language: English


Boosting knowledge and skills

Boosting the knowledge and skills of those involved in international labour standards reporting is crucial to ensuring the effectiveness of the ILO supervisory system. To this end, the Centre and the ILO delivered the 21st edition of the “Training Programme on International Labour Standards”, in Turin and Geneva, from 21 to 29 May 2015. The course exposed participants to both procedural aspects and contents of the international labour standards system. Read More

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


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.