ILO's Director-General: In the media

February 2014

  1. CNN's "Quest Means Business"

    Ending child labour: "We know what works"

    27 February 2014

    Ending child labour in the cocoa industry takes work on the industry, government and community levels and the ILO knows what works, according to ILO Director General Guy Ryder. Appearing on a special edition of CNN's "Quest Means Business", Ryder joined in a vigorous panel debate about CNN's "Cocoanomics" documentary. In it, Richard Quest visits the Cote d'Ivoire to see what progress had been made in fighting child labour in the cocoa industry.

  2. Liverpool University news

    Liverpool University news - Guy Ryder: Modern slavery costs us all

    27 February 2014

  3. CNN Market Place

    Davos Debrief: The year ahead for Europe

    01 February 2014

    What lies ahead for Europe's recovery, post Davos? CNN's Richard Quest wants to know if there was more than just talk at Davos that will lead Europe to a more growth with jobs in 2014. ILO Director General Guy Ryder joins Urs Rohner of Credit Suisse, Jennifer Blanke of the World Economic Forum and Joseph Jimenez of Novartis in a lively debate about Europe's challenges.

January 2014

  1. Thomson Reuters Davos Today

    Worsening youth unemployment demands a rethink, says ILO

    24 January 2014

    With a third of the world's unemployed young people out of work for more than six months, the need for targeted action is urgent, said the ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder. Businesses and governments need to invest in areas like apprenticeships, particularly in countries in Southern Europe where there is 50 to 60 per cent youth unemployment. Guy Ryder spoke to Thomson Reuters on "Davos Today", broadcast during the 2014 World Economic Forum.

  2. CNN Quest Means Business

    Commit, Engage to give more jobs to young people

    23 January 2014

    Guy Ryder urged business leaders to "walk the talk" and commit more resources to training and hiring young people as CNN's Richard Quest pressed the ILO's Director-General to delineate what must be done to bring more jobs to the economy. In the face of higher productivity and profits, Ryder said businesses have the means to invest in apprenticeships and anticipate hiring needs. He urged them to make good on the commitments made at Davos.

  3. CNBC Squawkbox

    The gorilla in the room at Davos: Jobs

    23 January 2014

    Despite signs of economic growth, current trends indicate that global unemployment will grow for the next five years. For most people the crisis will only end when they get a job, said ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder. Talking to CNBC's Squawkbox from Davos, Ryder noted that unemployment for young people is almost triple the global rate of unemployment. Businesses need to start investing into jobs, and the belief into real economy must be restored, concluded Ryder.

  4. BBC World Business Report

    Jobs situation still going in the wrong direction, says ILO chief

    21 January 2014

    Uncertainty in hiring and labour markets policy is hampering an improvement in employment numbers, says the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder. Too many profits are going into financial assets rather than job-creation investments, he said to the BBC.

December 2013

  1. CNBC Africa

    ILO Head: We need to link growth and social development to generate more and better jobs

    12 December 2013

    Zambia's president Sata has stressed the need for the ILO and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to work together and develop practical strategies for employment creation for the country. With that, ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, was on a visit to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to launch a Green Jobs project which would see up to 5,000 new jobs created.

November 2013


    ILO Director-General meets with Pope Francis

    19 November 2013

    The dignity of work is a common concern for the ILO and the Catholic Church, said the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, during a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

  2. Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)

    Progress for Portugal needs job-centred approach, says ILO Chief

    08 November 2013

    With a loss of one in seven jobs in Portugal since the crisis began, the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told Portuguese broadcaster RTP it was time to take a longer-term perspective on fiscal deficit reduction, invest in areas to maintain and create jobs, get credit lines to small and medium-sized enterprises and make youth guarantee schemes available. One of Portugal's greatest assets, Guy Ryder said, is its tradition of strong social dialogue. Bringing together government, workers and employers to find solutions needs to be taken advantage of, he said, to help bring about a change in the country's direction.