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Qatar ends kafala system with major labour reforms

As part of recently-announced labour reforms, Qatar is planning an end to the kafala system, marking a momentous step forward in upholding the rights of migrant workers. The reforms will mean removal of exit permits and non-discriminatory minimum wage for migrant workers by January 2020.

ICS launches questionnaire on shipping diversity and inclusion

Amid a growing interest across the maritime to boost its diversity and performance, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have launched a questionnaire in a bid to understand how the issue of diversity and inclusion is perceived in the shipping industry.  

ILO updates social contract with centenary declaration

ITF’s General Secretary, Stephen Cotton, speaking at the ILO’s centenary conference in Geneva, highlighted that ‘now is the time to assert authority as the global standard-bearer for labour rights.’ ILO agreed a centenary declaration designed to give all workers a floor of rights and protections in an ever-changing world of work. 

ITF welcomes ILO’s convention on harassment in workplace

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) welcomes ILO’s Convention and Recommendation to tackle violence and harassment in workplace. ITF supported that the lives of ITF union members, and in particular women transport workers, will be improved as a direct result. 

How ship inspections work and their possible consequences

Ship inspections are crucial for ensuring compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention, and therefore, decent living and working conditions for seafarers. Rear Admiral Luigi Giardino of the Italian Coast Guard explains how such inspections are carried out and what their consequences might be.

Watch: Skills development vital for green transition

The video, issued by ILO, attempts to explain how skills development measures are instrumental in reaping the benefits of potential job creation in new green economic activities and in addressing the social challenges in shifting to more sustainable models of energy generation, production and consumption across sectors. 

UN Global Compact: Ten principles for sustainable companies

The UN Global Compact has set ten principles for companies to integrate them into strategies, policies and procedures, in a bid to establish a culture of integrity. Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business.

Women in leadership roles boost company performance, says new report

Businesses with genuine gender diversity, particularly at senior level, perform better and see significant profit increases, according to a new ILO report. The report says that gender diversity effects beneficially when women hold 30% of leadership positions, although almost 60% of enterprises do not meet this target.

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