International Labour Organization (ILO) Standards
The ILO standards are a comprehensive system of instruments related to work and social policy. These standards are backed by an international supervisory system and mechanisms that help to ensure the implementation and ratification of the standards within the member states.
The ILO has given special attention to multinational enterprises by adopting the 1977 Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (recently revised). This is a global commitment designed to guide governments, employers and workers in areas of employment, training, working conditions and industrial relations.
From an ILO perspective, the social responsibilities of business and their contribution to the decent work agenda is, and has always been, a central part of ILO efforts to promote economic and social progress.
Corporate Social Responsibility is one of the important ways today in which enterprises affirm their principles and values, both in their own internal processes and operations and in their interaction with other actors.
While enterprises are increasingly reflecting the principles that underpin international labour standards in their CSR policies, for the ILO it is important to emphasise the voluntary nature of CSR.
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