The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) is the largest network of the private sector in the world, with a membership of more than 150 business and employer federations in 143 countries. In social and labour policy debate taking place in the International Labour Organization, across the UN and multilateral system, and in the G20 and other emerging processes, the IOE is the recognized voice of business. The IOE seeks to influence the environment for doing business, including by advocating for regulatory frameworks at the international level that favour entrepreneurship, private sector development, and sustainable job creation. The IOE supports national business organisations in guiding corporate members in matters of international labour standards, business and human rights, CSR, occupational health and safety, and international industrial relations.
Since its creation in 1920, the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) has been supporting and representing the worldwide business community in international labour and social policy forums across the multilateral system, and in other high-level forums such as the G20, with the aim of ensuring that such policy promotes the viability of business.
In meetings of the International Labour Organization (ILO), including its Governing Body and International Labour Conference, the IOE acts as the Secretariat to the Employers' Group.
Today, the IOE is proud of its membership of more than 150 national employer organisations
from all over the world.
The mission of the IOE is to:
promote the economic, employment and social policy environments necessary to sustain and develop free enterprise and the market economy
provide an international forum to bring together, represent and promote the interests of national employers' organisations and their members throughout the world on all labour and socio-economic policy issues
assist, advise, represent and provide relevant services and information to members, to establish and maintain permanent contact among them, and to coordinate the interests of employers at the international level, particularly within the ILO and across other international institutions
promote and support the advancement and strengthening of independent and autonomous employers' organisations and to enhance their capabilities and services to members
inform public opinion and promote understanding of employers' points of view
facilitate and promote the exchange and transfer of information, experience and good practice amongst members