Creating new arenas of gender parity and decent work for sustainable development
Gender equality and decent work are a human right and most countries are committed to it, but striving to fulfil this fundamental aspiration in isolation from a country's main strategies has proved quite ineffective. Indeed, economic policies, including employment, labour and trade policy, are powerful instruments to translate gender equality and decent work aspirations into reality. For this to happen, they have to be coordinated and convergent. Employment and labour reforms should be based on a thorough understanding of their impacts not only on a country as a whole, but also on specific segments of the population, including women and men. If market opening is expected to have detrimental effects on women (or on other groups), it may need to be postponed or adjusted. In many cases, the new market environment needs to be accompanied by flanking policies to facilitate the adjustment and absorb shocks. Labour and employment policies developed keeping in mind the wellbeing of all segments of the population and implemented along with corrective measures may greatly contribute to reaffirm the role of international markets as a tool for inclusive and sustainable development and resist anti-globalisation movements.
We enable countries to strengthen their social and economic performance by creating new arenas of gender parity and decent work under the principles of international labour standards, offering an opportunity to maximise social and economic development as a requirement to determine the national capability and readiness of the country to face the sustainable era.
We support countries conducting diagnostic studies of the legal, regulatory and institutional framework for investment. The Reviews, specific to each country, are published as advisory reports containing concrete policy advice. We then provide technical assistance activities to support countries in implementing the Reviews’ recommendations and improving the prospects for gender parity, decent work and sustainable development.
— in-country implementation plans
Implementing national frameworks tracking progress for effective and accountable strategies
We design and implement national employment policies that comprise macroeconomic and sectorial policy responses as well as labour market polices and institutional solutions, involving international stakeholders
Implementing Macroeconomic and sectorial policy responses
The multi-dimensional challenges to design and implement macroeconomic and sectorial interventions require far reaching policy responses and the involvement of many different stakeholders in their design and implementation. National employment policies that comprise macroeconomic and sectoral policy responses as well as labour market policies and institutional solutions, offer a practical framework for tackling the multidimensional labour market challenges highlighted above. They also promote policy coherence by encouraging inter-ministerial coordination and inclusiveness by involving all key stakeholders, such as Central Banks, ministries of Finance and Economic Affairs, key sectoral ministries, in addition to the ministry in charge of Employment, the social partners and other representatives of groups affected by the measures to be taken.
We design and implement national employment policies that comprise macroeconomic and sectorial policy responses as well as labour market polices and institutional solutions, offering a practical framework for tackling multi-dimensional challenges of the labour market, involving international stakeholders in the design and implementation.
We support countries in the formulation, implementation and review of national employment policies, in strengthening their links to national development strategies and in promoting social dialogue on appropriate employment policy options. As an integral part of a larger response, our National Interventions contribute to address an increased demand to build the capacity of Member States in designing and implementing effective and inclusive national labour and employment policies.
— CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY
Striving positive contribution of multinationals across the business and supply chain
We facilitate companies to improve their corporate social performance by undertaking appropriate due diligence within their international operations and among their business relations
Undertaking appropriate due diligence within international operations and supply chain
Today, companies of all sizes are under increased pressure to show how they are respecting human rights as well as improving corporate social performance more broadly. One expectation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is that companies will fulfil their obligation to respect human rights by undertaking appropriate due diligence. This has direct implications on business to business relations in the supply chain. It is now common practice that large firms demand that their suppliers comply with codes of conduct, covering notably social practices, in an effort to fulfil their own due diligence obligations. Suppliers and in particular SMEs are faced with important operational challenges in complying with these obligations in addition to meeting product delivery requirements.
Corporate Shared Value
We facilitate companies to improve their corporate social performance and to fulfil their obligation to respect human rights by undertaking appropriate due diligence, guiding companies within their international operations and among their business relations in the supply chain, applying human rights principles while meeting product delivery requirements.
We guide companies in the design and implementation on the international guidance for CSR initiatives (the ILO's International Labour Standards, OECD guidelines, UN Guiding Principles). We help shape company policy on conducting proper risk assessments and performing due diligence, given an account of the content of their CSR policies and how they are developed.
— Sustainable Development Goals / UN Agenda 2030
Establishing and implementing national plans to achieve significant progress by 2030
We guide countries to assess general rights and specific conditions prevailing the relevance of countries commitments to their national development strategies for sustainable development.
Developing working methods on social and economic development
As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven” (paragraph 79). These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the High Level Political Forum. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the High Level Political Forum are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and shall provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.
National Development Priorities
We guide countries to assess general rights and specific institutional, legal, judicial and administrative conditions, assisting special procedures mandates and developing working methods on specific allegations on social and economic development, prevailing the relevance of countries commitments to their national development strategies for sustainable development.
We facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, assisting Member states on their Voluntary National Reviews, also seeking to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.