Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE)
Mission and vision
The Governance and Tripartism Department (GOVERNANCE) provides advice and assistance on a range of topics related to the governance of labour and employment relations. It provides technical inputs for labour law reforms based on ILO conventions and recommendations. It renders state-of-the-art technical support and capacity-building to labour inspectorates and labour administrations in general and assists in developing strategies to achieve compliance with labour laws and occupational safety and health standards. It advocates and helps constituents to build strong and functional institutions and processes for social dialogue. It carries out technical cooperation, research and advocacy functions to assist ILO member States to respect, promote and realize the fundamental principles and rights at work, which are: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. It also includes the Better Work Programme which is a joint ILO and IFC technical programme to improve the working conditions in ready-made garment and footwear industry in several countries through participatory and multi-stakeholder arrangements. Read more
International Labour Standards
Forced labour and human trafficking
Freedom of association
Occupational safety and health
Labour administration and labour inspection
Social dialogue and tripartism
Social Protection, Governance and Tripartism Programme
International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality Programme
Key resources and databases
International Labour and Employment Relations Association
ILERA was established in 1966 and its general purpose is to promote the study of labour and employment relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines. A World Congress is convened every three years, where professionals interested in all aspects of labour and employment relations meet to share ideas about new developments, ideas and practices in the field.
The next ILERA World Congress
with the general theme of “Employment for a Sustainable Society: What is to Be Done?” will take place in Seoul, Korea from 23 to 27 July 2018
. ILERA also organizes, through its national affiliates, regional congresses.
Fact sheets and videos depicting safe working practices related to specific hazards found on the farm, at motor vehicle repair shops and at the wood workshop
Global Flagship Programmes
GOVERNANCE is host to three flagship programmes of the ILO, which are among the largest development assistance technical cooperation programmes of the Organization:
International Programme on the Elimination of Child and Forced Labour (IPEC+)
Occupational Safety and Health Global Action for Prevention (OSH-GAP)
News and events
Peak-level social dialogue as a governance tool during the COVID-19 pandemic: Global and regional trends and policy issues
Social dialogue on occupational safety and health in the Covid-19 context
Against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, most countries have re-opened their economy and workers have been requested to return to their workplace. The present Brief highlights the need for social dialogue in order to ensure a safe return to work.
Areas of Critical Importance (ACI)
Governing Body 325th Session
Area of critical importance: Strengthening workplace compliance through labour inspection
This document presents the main elements of the strategy for the area of critical importance on “Strengthening workplace compliance through labour inspection” (ACI 7) and reports on the progress already made in its implementation.
Decision on the fourth item on the agenda
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