About us

Seeking decent work for all in Bangladesh. © ILO
The International Labour Organization (ILO) was created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, on the basis that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if anchored on social justice.

As the only tripartite UN agency, ILO that brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 Member States, including Bangladesh, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes that promote decent work for all women and men.

Bangladesh has been an active Member State of ILO since 22 June 1972 and has ratified 36 ILO Conventions and one Protocol, including eight of the ten fundamental Conventions, and two of the four governance Conventions.
The ILO opened its office in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 25 June 1973. The organisation’s most recent programming is focused on promoting social justice through decent work.

ILO’s tripartite constituents in Bangladesh are the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), and the National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE).

ILO supports the Government of Bangladesh’s Five Year Plans (FYPs) and contributes towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Country Framework (UNSDCF) 2022-2026 for Bangladesh, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 8 - promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.