What is decent work?
Decent work is productive work for women and men in conditions of freedom, equality, security and human dignity. It involves opportunities for work that deliver a fair income; provide security in the workplace and social protection for workers and their families. It offers better prospects for personal development which also encourage social integration; give people the freedom to express their concerns, to organize and to participate in decisions that affect their lives; and guarantee equal opportunities and treatment for all.
Source: ILO - Working with the ILO – Decent Work and System Wide Coherence

Decent work pillars
While the concept has been around for at least 20 years now, decent work is also part of the more recent 2030 Sustainability Agenda and it's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The importance of decent work is highlighted by Goal 8 which aims to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

Based on the 4 strategic objectives of ILO's decent work agenda, the toolbox has formulated 4 pillars on which decent work rests. In addition, a 5th cross-cutting pillar was also formulated.

Strengthen Rights at Work


rights at work

Rights at work are an important part of the decent work concept, as they help to ensure that workers are able to enjoy the benefits of decent work…

Create Decent Employment


Decent employment

How can you support people (especially women and youth) to find and retain a decent job?

Increase Social Protection


Social protection

Increasing social protection is about reducing the economic and social vulnerability of vulnerable groups.

Promote Social Dialogue


social dialogue

Social dialogue brings together workers, employers, and the government (the so-called tripartite actors) to explore and discuss issues of common…