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A tripartite training activity on “Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: the approach of the MNE Declaration” was recently implemented in the Americas.
Twenty-four participants from 14 Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered in the ILO Regional Office in Lima from 9 to 13 October to discuss the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and identify further opportunities for applying its recommendations in their respective countries. They underlined the importance of dialogue and collaboration among all the actors involved and at all levels, to ensure that MNEs contribute to national development priorities and realization of the Decent Work Agenda.
The MNE Declaration, based on ILO international labour standards, provides guidance to both government and multinational enterprises in the areas of general policy, employment, training, conditions of work and life, and industrial relations, with the aim of encouraging the positive contribution MNEs can make to economic and social progress, while minimizing and resolving possible difficulties and challenges. Its principles are aligned with both the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
One of the results of the recent revision of the MNE Declaration is the establishment of tripartite appointed national focal points, whose mandate is to actively promote the principles of the MNE Declaration in their countries.
Finally, participants identified action points for further promotion and implementation of the MNE Declaration in their respective countries, underscoring the urgency and importance of establishing national focal points for accelerating the promotion and implementation of the MNE Declaration.
This course was organized as a follow-up to the Conclusions adopted at the 18th American regional meeting and also as a preparation for the regional follow-up mechanism to the MNE Declaration that will again take place in the Americas prior to the 19th American regional meeting in Panama.