A visit to the website explains that "The ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member states to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men." Their motto is "promoting jobs, protecting people".
This 4-minute video is a quick way to learn a lot about the ILO, as are some of these fun, fast facts:
- the only tripartite United Nations agency (representing governments, employers and workers)
- founded in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles
- headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland
- oldest U.N. agency
- awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1969
There is an annual conference in Geneva where international labor policies and standards are set. Work gets done by consulting with governments and partnering with organizations in member states. As part of the U.N.'s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ILO has developed a Decent Work Agenda with four strategic objectives:
- promote decent employment opportunities
- enhance social protection
- strengthen tripartism and social dialogue
- guarantee fundamental principles and rights at work
If you support what the ILO is doing and want to stay in the loop, the best way is to like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @ilo.
Workers of the world, unite!