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ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy 

  • Target audience: governments of the home and host countries of multinational and national enterprises, employers' and workers' organizations 

  • Industry: general/sector-agnostic  

  • Year endorsed: 1977, latest update 2017 

  • Overview: The ILO Tripartite Declaration contains principles primarily derived from international labour standards. It is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance to enterprises on social policy and inclusive, responsible and sustainable workplace practices with recommendation in the areas of general policies, employment, training, conditions of work and life, and industrial relations. 

  • Links to other global instruments: International Labour Standards (ILO Conventions and Recommendations, ILO Declarations including the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, ILO codes of practice, guidelines and other guidance as listed in Annex I of the MNE Declaration); also references the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenants, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, the Paris Agreement concerning climate change, and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (as revised in 2011). 

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