Indicator 57. Ratification and implementation of fundamental ILO labor standards and compliance in law and practice

Rationale and Definition:

The ILO core conventions describe key labor standards aimed at promoting opportunities for decent and productive work, where men and women can work in conditions of equity, non-discrimination, security, freedom, and dignity. The proposed indicator tracks countries’ ratification of and compliance with the 8 fundamental ILO conventions, which cover the following issues: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor; the minimum age for labor and the immediate elimination of the worst forms of child labor; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, including equal remuneration.1

Countries are required to report on ratified conventions every two years. The monitoring system is backed up by a supervisory system that helps to ensure implementation. The ILO regularly reviews the application of standards in member states and makes recommendations.


By country and by convention.

Comments and limitations:

The exact measurement method and scoring for this indicator needs to be developed.

Preliminary assessment of current data availability by Friends of the Chair:


Primary data source:

International monitoring.

Potential lead agency or agencies: