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Online Course: An introduction to the MNE Declaration

Welcome to this self-learning course


This self-guided 40 minutes E-learning module provides an introduction to the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration). The Declaration provides recommendations to governments, enterprises, and employers’ and workers’ organizations on how to maximize – each with different roles and responsibilities - the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to socioeconomic development and decent work, more specifically in the areas of employment, training, conditions of work and life and industrial relations. 

The module includes an overview of the principles of the MNE Declaration and real cases of how it can be put into practice and address a range of labour and employment issues in different contexts. It also provides a description of how the MNE Declaration relates to other international instruments which can also guide business behaviour, such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Global Compact, the UN Business and Human Rights Framework and Guiding Principles, and ISO 26000. 

Target audience

The module is designed for government officials, and staff in employers’ organizations and workers’ organizations that deal with issues related to investment, MNEs and decent work. It also targets managers in multinational enterprises, responsible for human resources, corporate social responsibility, community development programmes, public affairs, procurement, and labour relations.  Those interested in MNEs, CSR, the role of the private sector in development and FDI more broadly, may also find this module useful in their work. 

Content overview 

  • Introducing the module (learning objectives, timing and structure)
  • Introducing the MNE Declaration: an overview of its background, objective, and main areas of recommendations
  • Applying the MNE Declaration: real cases, including practical exercises for participants
  • The MNE Declaration and other related instruments compared
  • Final summary  
  • Resources list

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