Largest global network of the private sector

IOE is the sole representative of business in social and employment policy debates taking place in the ILO, across the UN, G20 and other emerging forums.

For the past 100 years and on behalf of our more than 150 member countries, we also strive to leverage our unique experience, expertise and advocacy to influence debates on the most pressing issues for business and employers worldwide.

Employers and businesses today face a rising number of challenges from skills development, labour migration, and the evolving nature of work itself, just to name a few. To meet them, IOE is constantly growing its international role as it represents employer organisations and their members in an increasing number of global forums. Our ambition is:

To be a powerful and balanced business voice for shaping and driving the global agenda on employment and social policies.

We will never accomplish this goal without a clear understanding of where we want to go, how we will get there, and the values that will guide our every step.

Our vision

To create a sustainable economic environment around the world, in collaboration with our members and partners, that promotes free enterprise and is fair and beneficial to both business and society.

Our mission

To serve our members, by fighting and advocating for the interests of employers and business in international policy debates.

Our values

Our passion at IOE is to listen and to argue for our members' views to be taken into account globally.  IOE values include open dialogue, action-oriented outcomes and concerted commitment.