New publications strengthen links between trade policy and decent work



GENEVA (ILO Info) – Two new publications created to pave the way for a more comprehensive and realistic analysis of the effects of trade on labor markets, based on a human-centered approach, have been unveiled by the International Organization of labor (ILO).

The Trade and Decent Work: Guide to Indicators, provides analytical tools to support research on trade and decent work. It includes indicators on rights at work, employment, social protection and social dialogue – the four pillars of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda – which can be used to assess the interactions between trade and labor markets.

The Trade and Decent Work: A Handbook of Assessment Methodologies, assesses methodologies for assessing the impact of trade on various aspects of decent work.

Speaking about the two publications, Martha Newton, ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy, said: “For trade to contribute to sustainable development, decent work and social justice, it is fundamental that trade policies are designed to enhance their impact on labor and inclusiveness. That is why we must continue to integrate decent work goals into our trade policy assessments in all countries.

The publications were produced by the Research Department of the ILO, in partnership with the European Commission (EC), as part of the project Trade, Business and Labor Markets: Diagnosis and Assessment at the Enterprise Level (ASSESS ), which is part of a larger ILO research program Integrating Trade and Decent Work (INTEGRATE). INTEGRATE aims to position decent work as a central objective of trade policy, as called for in the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work.

Both publications were released ahead of a high-level virtual event co-hosted by the ILO Research Department and the EC on 5 October 2021 (2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CEST).



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