About IOE

To find out more about the IOE, download the IOE at a Glance Fact Sheet (updated June 2018).












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