The ILO in action

During 2012 and 2013 the ILO took action to help people cope with the results of disasters (the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines) and to attract the attention of influential people to help raise awareness of the problems the world is facing.

In April 2013 1,129 workers died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building. The ILO responded quickly and helped develop the National Tripartite Plan of Action on fire safety and structural integrity.
Almost six million workers were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines in November 2013. ILO teams have been working since then to implement emergency employment-intensive programmes in order to rebuild livelihoods. ILO action on these two major disasters is described here.

Art WorksIn October 2012 the ILO launched ArtWorks – its artist engagement programme, bringing together the Organization and artists committed to promoting fundamental rights in the world of work.

In 2012 and 2013, world-renowned artists, activists and athletes teamed up with the ILO in the fight against child labour and forced labour, but also to put the spotlight on key decent work themes, such as green jobs for youth and indigenous peoples’ rights.

ArtWorks has proved to be a successful means of introducing the ILO to a new and younger client base and has relied heavily on social media channels to spread the word. This, in turn, has increased the ILO’s visibility and the Organization’s social media presence and following.

I am proud to join the ILO in the fight against slavery.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Today nearly 21 million women, men and children are trapped in forced labour all over the world. On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December 2012, the campaign End Slavery Now! was launched by actor and singer Jada Pinkett Smith and subsequently joined by Hollywood legend Cher, Martin Sheen, Toni Collette, Larry King, Alyssa Milano, Pharrell Williams, Oliver Stone, Gloria Steinem, Colin Farrell, Somaly Mam, Danny Glover, Sophia Bush, Maria Bello, Paul Haggis, Mila Kunis and Kellan Lutz, to name a few.

Red Card to Child Labour

Many more are following suit and taking action with the ILO against child labour and to end slavery now.

I am asking you, especially those of you who love football, to join the Red Card campaign and make it centre stage at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics! Let’s use our talent and resources to reach millions of people. Let them know that these are all our children.

Actor and director, Tim Roth


More than 20 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world.
Prominent artists, athletes and activists are teaming up with the ILO to End Slavery Now, and so can you.
Every action counts!

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