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.