March 27, 2017

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Since the last update of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) multi-national enterprise (MNE) declaration in 2006 the economic situations in many countries have changed, including the rise of international investment and trade and the expansion of global supply chains. In response to this, the ILO has revised the MNE declaration to account for these economic developments, as well as new labour standards adopted by the International Labour Conference, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The update includes principles addressing specific decent work issues in relation to social security, forced labour, transition from informal to formal economy, wages, access to remedy and compensation of victims. Furthermore it guides on due diligence processes in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The principles are targeted at multinational and national companies, governments and employers’ and workers’ organisations.

“The MNE Declaration provides clear guidance on how enterprises can contribute through their operations worldwide to the realisation of decent work,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. The MNE Declaration is the only global guideline focusing on corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices that has been elaborated and implemented by governments, employers and workers worldwide.

Tags: human rights, ilo, labour rights, mne, un guiding principles.