Principle 3 Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4 The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5 The effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6 The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Economic growth alone is not enough to ensure equity, social progress and to eradicate poverty. All employees around the world should have proper working conditions. However, child labour and forced labour still occur nowadays as global supply chains. Perilous workplaces continue to exist and discrimination remains a challenge.

Companies need to uphold labour standards across their own operations and value chains. Decent work involves employment that is productive and delivers a fair income. It also should ensure workplace security, social protection, better prospects for personal development and social integration. Businesses should also focus on non-discrimination, equal opportunities and treatment (including for men and women), and freedom to express workplace concerns.

The UN Global Compact’s labour principles (Principles 3, 4, 5 and 6) are championed by the International Labour Organization (ILO). We provide guidance and support to address a range of issues, including child labour, forced labour and discrimination. We also help companies address issues of freedom of association and collective bargaining. Much of our work also falls under our Human Rights and Supply Chain activities.