The ILO was founded in 1919, in the wake of a destructive war, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon decent treatment of working people. The ILO became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.
The ILO is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency in that it brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work. Working with its Member States, the ILO seeks to ensure that labour standards are respected in practice as well as principle. Official ILO website
Eight ILO Conventions
Eight ILO Conventions have been identified by the ILO's Governing Body as being fundamental to the rights of people at work, irrespective of levels of development of individual member states. The ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work highlits this set of core labour principles endorsed by the international community.
The Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning multinational entreprises and social policy
The principles laid down in this universal instrument offer guidelines to MNEs, governments, and employers' and workers' organizations in such areas as employment, decent conditions of work and life, and impact of the industrial activities.
Link to the ILO’s Multinational Enterprises section
The ILO website includes a section which introduces the Multinational Enterprises Programme (EMP/MULTI) and lists the most up-to-date and relevant documents for companies with regard to labour standards.