Kathmandu – Organizations of employers, trade unions and value chain actors of orthodox tea, ginger, cardamom and dairy products have said the ILO’s Multinational Enterprise (MNE) Declaration and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work largely sets out ways to maximize positive contribution of enterprises to economic and social development.
Participants said this at a training programme in Kathmandu organized by the ILO Nepal’s Advocacy for Rights and Good Corporate Governance (UNNATI—Inclusive Growth Programme in Nepal) which contributes to promote improved advocacy for responsible business development, including rights and good corporate governance in selected four value chains; orthodox tea, ginger, milk and cardamom in seven hilly districts of Eastern Nepal.
Director of ILO Country office in Nepal, Richard Howard said the ILO instrument comes handy at a time Nepal is expected to make a leap in economic development alongside its fast-paced political transformation.
“The UNNATI project, funded by the Government of Denmark, carries a special importance to the ILO as it brings together the workers, employers and their associations to team up for responsible business development and economic prosperity,” he said.
Senior Programme Officer at the Embassy of Denmark, Saroj Dahal said the Danish Government’s support to Nepal in areas of peace, human rights, governance and clean energy has brought many positive results on the lives of people and hoped UNNATI Programme would be a turning point towards promoting Nepal’s sustainable inclusive growth for poverty reduction.
Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist at ILO Geneva, Josée Laporte said an adherence to the MNE Declaration and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work puts enterprises on a strong footing to be trusted across the frontiers for better working conditions andbusiness.
The three day training focused the role of enterprises to the realisation of four fundamental principles and rights at work, including the effective abolition of child labour, elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, elimination of all forms of forced labour and the importance of freedom of association and the right of collective bargaining.
National Programme Coordinator of UNNATI’s Advocacy for Rights and Good Corporate Governance component, Nabin Kumar Karna said the programme aims to improve an enabling environment for inclusive growth in Ilam, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, Terhathum, Taplejung and Bhojpur.
The ILO is the only tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member states to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

ILO Director for Country Office Nepal Richard Howard says enterprises that have a good relation with their workers are more productive and successful.

The ILO’s Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist says adherence to MNE Declaration and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work enable better working conditions for businesses.

Participants representing employers’ and workers’ organizations and the government learn more about Multinational Enterprise Declaration and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

The role play allows ILO constituents to learn and reflect the views and visions of value chain actors of orthodox tea, ginger, dairy and cardamom.

Participants of the training on Multinational Enterprise Declaration and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Kathmandu.