Tools by Affected Groups


The ILO MNEs Declaration: What's in it for Workers?
ILO (2011)
"This guide explains how workers can use international labour standards to promote corporate social responsibility. It was written in response to concerns about corporate activity before and during the global financial crisis, and incorporates the ILO's Tripartite Declaration on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), an authoritative document on corporate social responsibility (CSR). The MNE Declaration, based on principles derived from international labour standards, is the only international CSR instrument that has been endorsed by governments, employers' organisations and trade unions."

Available inSpanishandFrench


Trafficking in Persons: A Gender and Rights Perspective: Briefing Kit
UNIFEM (2002)
"This briefing kit is an invitation to all practitioners addressing the issue of trafficking in persons to revisit and rethink their efforts from a gender and rights perspective. It consists of a number of informative fact sheets on the topic, its magnitude, and best practices to address the problem."

Human Rights Protections Applicable to Women Migrant Workers: A UNIFEM Briefing Paper
UNIFEM (2003)
"This briefing paper provides some tools for human rights advocates working to advance the rights of women migrant workers. It examines a set of concerns facing women migrant workers using the five most relevant major human rights conventions, including CEDAW."

Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work
International Labor Organization (2008-2009)
"In June 2008 the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a year-long, global, public awareness-raising campaign, "Gender equality at the heart of decent work." This campaign, coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the ILO, was held in the lead-up to the June 2009 International Labour Conference's general discussion on the same topic. The campaign was built around twelve Decent Work themes, one each month highlighting how women and men may be affected differently in their access to rights, employment, social protection and social dialogue. For each of the campaign themes, an information brief was produced, accompanied by a poster and postcard, as well as a video news release and dedicated webpage. The September 2008 brief, "Remove the Obstacles: On the right track to equality," jointly developed by the Bureau for Gender Equality (GENDER) and the International Labour Standards Department (NORMES), focuses specifically on the institutional link between ILO standards and CEDAW."

ABC of women workers' rights and gender equality
ILO (2007)
"This revised and expanded guide focuses on States' or employers' obligations, and workers' rights, in relation to gender equality in the world of work.This edition incorporates important information relevant to women workers in entries on sexual harassment, women in development, the glass ceiling and many more. The guide is specifically designed for the non-academic, non expert public wishing to improve their knowledge of legal matters and socio-economic developments in this field."

Available inSpanishandFrench

More and better work for Women, An Action Guide
ILO (1996)
"This manual provides guidelines, both didactic and practical, to ensure more and better jobs for women, to achieve equality of opportunity and treatment for women and men in the world of work, and to support particularly disadvantaged groups of poor working women. The guidelines are based on the ILO's long experience and continuing efforts to promote gender equality."


Training Manual to Fight Trafficking in Children for Labour, Sexual and Other Forms of Exploitation
ILO and UNICEF (2009)
This manual - developed by ILO and UNICEF under the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking - "seeks to aid governments, workers, employers, international, and non-governmental organizations that combat trafficking in children for labour, sexual and other exploitation."

Children's Rights and Business Principles
UNICEF (2012)
These principles, created by UNICEF, outline the basic expectations to how businesses should address human rights issues related to children. These principles are based on the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights."

Indigenous Peoples

Guide to Free Prior and Informed Consent
Oxfam Australia- Christina Hill,Serena Lilly White and Michael Simon (2010)
"This guide provides basic information about the right to FPIC [Free Prior and Informed Consent] and how this right can help people to have a say about development projects, such as dams, mines and, logging and other large infrastructure projects." "It is also a practical tool to facilitate dialogue between communities and the project developers," and offers a "seven step framework which aims to assist Indigenous Peoples affected by a project to collectively claim their right to FPIC."

Indigenous and Tribal Peoples' Rights in Practice: A Guide to Convention 169
ILO (2009)
This guide provides "governments, indigenous and tribal peoples and workers' and employers' organizations with a practical tool for the implementation of indigenous peoples' rights, based on the experiences, good practices and lessons learned that have been generated so far."

Available inSpanishandFrench

Guide to Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the International Labour Organization
Forest Peoples Programme - Fergus MacKay
"This report provides guidance on how to file a complaint with the ILO's Governing Body. Illustrations are given of relevant cases and decisions, and concrete examples of how a case can be moved through the system. There is also a summarised review of the specific rights protected under the two ILO Conventions most relevant to indigenous peoples: ILO 107 and ILO 169."

Available inSpanishandFrench

The Right to Decide - The Importance of Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent
Amazon Watch (2011)
"This briefing paper focuses on the roles and responsibilities of companies, investors and finance institutions to identify, prevent and address the adverse human rights impacts of company operations. It identifies the rights of indigenous peoples that are potentially affected by extractive industry and infrastructure projects," and identifies "some of the key challenges involved in implementing a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) policy and makes recommendations for companies and shareholders who engage in business activities or investments in the Amazon." Persons Marginalized on the Basis of Descent (including Caste)

The Ambedkar Principles, Principles and Guidelines to address Caste Discrimination in the Private Sector
International Dalit Solidarity Network (2009)
The Ambedkar Principles "enable national and multinational companies, as well as foreign investors, to contribute to eliminating caste discrimination in the labour market in South Asia where it continues to be a massive human rights issue. Companies supporting the Ambedkar Principles are asked to work progressively towards their implementation and to regularly, preferably annually, report on their progress as part of their diversity or corporate social responsibility reporting, and also to consider engaging in some form of external audit."