Areas of work

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) works with the government, workers and employers organisations to promote decent and productive employment opportunities for women and men in Bangladesh.

The ILO collaborates with its partners in Bangladesh to promote compliance with international labour standards by helping address shortcomings in legislation and by providing policy advice. Initiatives are also carried out by ILO in four priority main areas as follows:

Working conditions
The ILO is working to improve structural and fire safety in the Ready-Made Garment sector. It also helps build capacity of national regulatory bodies to carry out their mandates in a more effective and accountable manner. In addition, the ILO works to enhance Occupational Safety and Health in key export industries.

Rights at work
The ILO works with both workers and employers organisations to promote better compliance with international labour standards, particularly freedom of association and collective bargaining.


The ILO works to improve the national enabling environment for industry skills development and the increased employability of young and adult women and men.

Social protection
The ILO works to ensure protection and decent employment conditions for Bangladeshi migrant workers. ILO also works to eliminate child labour, promote the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples and establish basic social protection benefits.

As part of the UN system in Bangladesh, the ILO supports the Government of Bangladesh in implementing its Five Year Plans and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal Eight on Decent Work and Economic Growth.