Multinational enterprises

Through their globalized production systems, multinational enterprises (MNEs), their subsidiaries and extended value chains represent an important share of the private sector in many developing and industrialised economies. The potential contribution of MNEs to the creation of more and better jobs is large, mostly in their supply chains but also through foreign direct investments (FDI). To guide and encourage their positive contribution to socio-economic development and minimize negative impacts of their operations, the ILO promotes the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration).

Key resources

  1. Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, 5th edition (March 2017)

  2. Looking for answers to your questions?

    ILO Helpdesk for business on international labour standards

    The ILO Helpdesk for Business gives advice on how to align business operations with principles of the MNE Declaration.

  1. E-learning module

    Business and decent work:

    An introduction to the MNE Declaration


  1. Research Department Working Paper No 22

    Uneven practices in voluntary labour commitments: An exploration of major listed companies through the VigeoEiris database

    This paper provides a preliminary overview of voluntary labour commitments undertaken by major listed companies worldwide.

  2. Good practices

    Sustainable Mining: How good practices in the mining sector contribute to more and better jobs

    The international policy and academic debate about mining investment in developing countries has increasingly focused on the non-fiscal impacts of large mining projects. Particularly relevant in this regard are government and corporate policies and practices that aim to support broader wealth and job creation. The present report is intended to provide an overview of good practices towards these objectives.

  3. Policy Brief

    Formalization of SMEs in supply chains in Latin America

  4. Policy brief

    The Role of Multinational Enterprises in the Promotion of Decent Work in the Rural Areas

  5. Policy Note

    Inclusive business practices in Africa's extractive industries