IOE Centenary and ILC deferral

Update on postponement of IOE Centenary events and the ILC.

As we, together, respond to the Covid-19 health and economic crisis, the direction of IOE, in consultation with the Management Board, took the decision this week to defer IOE’s Centenary Summit on 24 May and the Gala Dinner on 31 May 2020. While this is extremely disappointing, due to the severe travel restrictions and the need to ensure the health and safety of IOE members, event participants and staff, we are postponing the spring Centenary celebrations. This decision followed the announcement by the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization to defer the upcoming session of the annual International Labour Conference - originally scheduled for 25 May to 5 June 2020 in Geneva.

The ILO also announced that the associated 338th and 339th sessions of the ILO Governing Body, scheduled for 25 May and 6 June 2020 respectively, will not take place. In relation to Governing Body elections, these have been deferred to 2021 in light of the ILC decision. The 340th Session of the Governing Body is still scheduled to take place from 29 October - 12 November. IOE’s flags will be proudly displayed on the main bridge in Geneva during this time.

We will update you as soon as possible with a revised schedule of events to mark IOE’s Centenary.

As we informed you in March, IOE Secretariat remains fully operational with a business continuity plan in place. The plan has the full endorsement of the Management Board. In this exceptional moment, we have held several digital conferences with strong participation of members, pursued calls for a coordinated global results-driven response effort and provided inputs to B20, ILO and UN initiatives to determine the most effective path to engaging with the private sector.

We also continue to work on our ongoing projects. We launched this week two important publications providing invaluable guidance on safety measures and another one on managing the new reality of teleworking. We are pursuing a business hero initiative, which is especially important in these challenging times. We anticipate publishing policy papers in the coming months on issues ranging from climate change and employment to skills. The film and photo book marking our Centenary are also in full production.

I wish to express my gratitude to each of you for your unwavering support of IOE during this period. We are focused and deeply committed to helping you navigate this unprecedented health and economic emergency. I send my warmest regards to you and your families and hope everyone is safe and well.

Roberto Suárez Santos

IOE Secretary-General

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