The International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919. It became the first specialized agency of the United Nations in 1946 and has 187 member States. The ILO is committed to promoting human and labour rights, pursuant of its founding principle that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.
The ILO sets international labour standards, promotes rights at work, including the right to a safe and healthy working environment, and advocates for decent employment opportunities, enhancement of social protection and the strengthening of social dialogue on work-related issues. These objectives are prioritized in Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Decent Work and Economic Growth.
The ILO has a unique governance structure, bringing together governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives to jointly set international labour standards and to implement policies and programmes promoting decent work for all. Today the ILO has over 600 development cooperation programmes in more than 100 countries that provide assistance to member States and aim to improve people’s lives.
The ILO’s Secretariat has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and a global network of field offices in more than 40 countries.
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is the principal international institution bringing together social security agencies and organisations. The ISSA’s aim is to promote dynamic social security as the social dimension in a globalising world by supporting excellence in social security administration. Prevention has been on the ISSA’s agenda since its creation in 1927. Bringing together social security and prevention experts from over 340 social security institutions in more than 140 countries, the ISSA offers a global platform and a unique network for all those in social security that are concerned with the health of workers.
The ISSA has its headquarters at the International Labour Office, in Geneva. Beyond the traditional focus on occupational safety and health, the ISSA supports social security policies that foster preventive approaches to protect and promote workers’ health and employment in all branches of social security. The ISSA provides access to information, expert advice, business standards, practical guidelines and platforms for members to build and promote dynamic social security systems worldwide.
The vision of dynamic social security provides a framework for the ISSA’s action. It refers to social security systems that are accessible, sustainable, adequate, socially inclusive and economically productive, and that are based on performing, well governed, proactive and innovative social security institutions. The ISSA promotes investments in workers’ health, by providing good practice information, research, expert advice and platforms for members and other stakeholders to exchange on innovation in workplace health promotion, active employment policies, rehabilitation and reintegration. To implement a range of projects and activities, the ISSA Secretariat works closely with its Technical Commissions, and the Special Commission on Prevention and its unique network of International Prevention Sections.
To learn more about the Special Commission and its Sections, visit www.issa.int/prevention.
The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization with a focus on a single mission: to promote, protect and improve the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers. The Institute for Work & Health has earned national and international recognition for contributions to a wide range of research areas in worker health protection – from musculoskeletal disorders to vulnerable workers, from return to work to workers’ compensation and from workplace prevention practices to occupational health and safety regulatory standards. The Institute has a fundamental commitment to working with our stakeholders to communicate research findings in ways that facilitate application to policy and practice. IWH’s work provides impartial, evidence-based guidance to government policy-makers, representatives of workers and employers, occupational health & safety professionals, disability management professionals and clinicians.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is Canada's national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety. The Centre promotes the total well-being – physical, psychosocial, and mental health – of working people in Canada by providing information, education, tools, and solutions that encourage attitudes and methods that will lead to improved worker physical and mental health, and prevention of work-related injury and illness. CCOHS makes a wide range of occupational health and safety information as well as training and educational courses readily available. CCOHS partners and collaborates with agencies and organizations from Canada and around the world to improve the quality and quantity of its resources and programs, as well as expand the breadth of usage of occupational health and safety information to many different segments of society. CCOHS is renowned as a credible and authoritative occupational health and safety resource and is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization.