ILO Commission to investigate relationship between work and society

| Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 8:00pm


Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General at the launch of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work. Photo: ILO/Marcel Crozet.


A high-level group of international experts has been tasked with addressing challenges related to the rapidly transforming world of work.

The members of the Global Commission on the Future of Work were announced on Monday by the International Labour Organization (ILO), based in Geneva.

It will be chaired by the President of Mauritius and the Prime Minister of Sweden.

The 28 Commission members represent both workers' groups and employers, reflecting gender balance as well as a balance in geographical regions.

They will focus on the relationship between work and society, decent jobs for all, the organization of work and production, and the governance of work.

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder said: "The Commission which we launched today, which will work through until the end of next year, will need to tackle these issues and I'm sure many others as well. And as they do so, they will be touching on many of the key issues of our time: issues which are highlighted day after day in the media; issues which increasingly occupy the political life of our Member States; issues which define, very frequently, the hopes, sometimes the fears, of families across the world."

The Global Commission on the Future of Work was established under an ILO initiative leading up to its 100th anniversary in 2019.

Other initiatives being implemented address ending poverty, progress on women's access to jobs, and transitioning to a sustainable or "green" workplace.

Ana Carmo, United Nations/ GBC.