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ILO Enterprise Forum 5-6 November 1999

GENEVA (ILO News) - What is the link between enterprise competitiveness and social progress? What key factors will define the business environment for the 21 st Century? How can more and better jobs be created through promotion of entrepreneurship and enterprise development? What leading edge human resource practices have been found to support long-term competitive advantage?

Press release | 02 November 1999

GENEVA (ILO News) - What is the link between enterprise competitiveness and social progress? What key factors will define the business environment for the 21 st Century? How can more and better jobs be created through promotion of entrepreneurship and enterprise development? What leading edge human resource practices have been found to support long-term competitive advantage?

These and other vital issues will be debated by some 600 CEOs, government, corporate and labour leaders and economic experts at the second "Enterprise Forum" organized by the International Labour Office on 5-6 November at ILO headquarters here with the theme "A New Spirit of Enterprise of the 21 st Century."

"Enterprise Forum 99" will examine the changing face of enterprise and work, explore how companies and workers can enhance their competitive edge in an increasingly globalized market place and why an increasing number of enterprises engage in corporate citizenship and social practices.

"Globalization has brought both prosperity and inequalities, which are testing the limits of collective social responsibility," says Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO. "If we are to avoid a serious backlash against the process of globalization, concerted action is needed."

The ILO is keenly aware of the need for a more inclusive process for defining the emerging rules of the global market place to achieve a balanced development which maximizes market potential and social justice, competition and community. The Forum will focus on themes ranging from good corporate citizenship to new human resource-based competitive strategies and the employment potential of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The ILO Director-General, Mr. Juan Somavia will open the Forum on 5 November. Key speakers will include Charles Handy, a leading expert on management and social development, Paul Evans, Professor of organizational behaviour at INSEAD, Robert Taylor of the Financial Times, Thomas Kochan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and James Baker of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

Mr. Somavia will give a press conference on Forum themes on Thursday, 4 November, at 15:15 hours, in room VII (on R2 level) of the ILO headquarters building (4, rue des Morillons, CH-1211 Geneva). For further information, please contact: Mr. Fabrice Leclercq, ILO/ENTREPRISE, at +41.22/799-7582 or the ILO Bureau of Public Information at +41.22/799-7940.