E-Courses


This section provides a list of recommended e-courses on several decent work topics. These self-learning courses are freely available to all companies and stakeholders.

Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains

1. Responsible Business – Meeting Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains is a  self-guided e-course on labour standards, designed for SMEs but relevant for companies of all sizes. The course provides an opportunity for companies to:

  • Explore the content of international labour standards and code of conduct for suppliers
  • Discover what entrepreneurs can do to improve their adherence to international principles and compliance with national law and corporate codes                     
  • Understand that respecting workers’ rights and improving working conditions can be part of a competitive business strategy                      

The course offers short modules covering different decent work topics, and includes a Certificate of Participation upon completion of all modules:

  • Orientation module on responsible business and code of conducts
  • Occupational safety and health
    • Wages and benefits
  • Hours of work
  • Child labour
  • Forced labour
  • Grievances
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Equal opportunity and treatment
  • Harassment in the workplace

This course was designed by the International Training Center, the training arm of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO).

2. Business and Decent Work – An introduction to the MNE Declaration is a self-guided e-learning module providing an introduction to the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration). The course is using real cases that highlight how the principles of the MNE Declaration can be put into practice to address a range of labour and employment issues in different contexts. This course is useful for managers in multinational enterprises, responsible for human resources, corporate social responsibility, community development programmes, public affairs, procurement, supply chain management and labour relations.

This course was designed by the ITCILO.

Empowering Women at Work

1. The Empowering Women at Work Capacity Development Platform provides tools and resources to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in companies. It offers on-line learning modules for companies on:

The platform has been developed as part of the WE EMPOWER G7 Project, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with its training arm the ITCILO.

2. The Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool (WEPs Tool) is a business-driven tool designed to help companies from around the world assess gender equality performance across the workplace, marketplace, and community. The WEPs Tool is a joint project of the UN Global Compact, UN Women, the Multilateral Investment Fund of the IDB and IDB Invest and supported by the Governments of Japan and Germany, BSR, The Coca-Cola Company, Itaipu, and KPMG.

Disability in the Workplace

Disability in the Workplace: A Global Perspective is an interactive video-based course in which employers, experts and persons with disabilities themselves share their latest insights, knowledge and experiences to enable companies to identify the competitive advantage of including people with disabilities in their workforce, to create a business case, and to plan, implement and audit a disability inclusion strategy. This tool has been developed by the ITCILO and Cornell University.

Fair Recruitment

The Training Toolkit on Establishing Fair Recruitment Processes is composed of five modules tackling specific topics on fair recruitment and include a self-guided course on fair recruitment processes, as well as videos on the role and responsibilities of companies, trade unions and government. 

The toolkit has been developed under the framework of the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative and designed in collaboration with the ITCILO. The Fair Recruitment Initiative was launched in 2014 to help prevent human trafficking, protect the rights of workers (including migrant workers) from abusive and fraudulent practices during the recruitment and placement process, reduce the cost of labour migration and enhance development gains.