We do not have the capacity to accept individual cases. Please look at this “links” page for organizations in your area or subject area. Currently organized as:
(1) Union Federations: International
(2) Union Federations: National
(3) Other Organizations: Business, Trade and Human Rights, Legal Assistance, Monitoring, Research, Private Mechanism, Policy Organizations that Advocate for Workers
(4) Anti-Trafficking and Sex Worker Support Organizations
(5) Mechanisms for Assistance: Public International Bodies, Private International Bodies, Litigation Mechanisms
(6) Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives
(Database/search capacity being developed summer 2011)

Union Federations Engaged in International Solidarity

International Bodies

International Confederations | Global Union Federations (Sectoral)

Organized by country

Europe: United Kingdom | France | Spain | Germany | Belgium | Netherlands | Norway | Denmark | Sweden | Finland | Italy | Poland | Russia
Pacific Rim: Australia | New Zealand
Americas: Canada | United States | Mexico | Argentina | Brazil | Venezuela
Asia: China | Japan | South Korea | India | Vietnam

International Confederations

International Trade Union Confederaion (ITUC)
Formerly the ICFTU, joined with the WCL
5 Boulevard du Roi Albert II, Bte 1
1210 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0)2 224 0211
Fax: +32 (0)2 201 5815

World Federation of Trade Unions
Regional Offices
40, Zan Moreas str
117 45 Athens
Tel: +30210 9214417, +30210 9236700
Fax: +30210 9214517

Global Union Federations (Sectoral)

Building and Wood Workers International (BWI)
Formerly the International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW)
54 route des Acacias
CH-1227 Carouge GE
Tel: + 41 22 827 37 77
Fax: + 41 22 827 37 70

Education International (EI)
5 boulevard du Roi Albert II
1210 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0)2 22 40 611
Fax: +32 (0)2 22 40 606

International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG)

International Arts and Entertainment Alliance (IAEA)
(made of FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI)

International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM)
Avenue Emile de Béco, 109
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: ++32-2-626.20.20
Fax: ++32-2-648.43.16

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
IPC-Residence Palace, Bloc C
Rue de la Loi 155
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: 32-2-235 22 00
Fax: 32-2-235 22 19

International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF)
54bis, route des Acacias
Case Postale 1516
CH-1227 Geneva
Tel: + 41 22 308 5050
Fax: + 41 22 308 5055

International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
ITF House
49-60 Borough Road
London SE1 1DR
Tel: +44 20 7403 2733

International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF)
8 rue Joseph Stevens
1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 512.26.06, +32 (0) 2 512.28.33
Fax: +32 (0) 2 511.09.04

International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF)
Rampe du Pont-Rouge, 8
CH-1213, Petit-Lancy
Tel: + 41 22 793 22 33
Fax: + 41 22 793 22 38

Public Services International (PSI)
BP 9
F-01211 Ferney-Voltaire Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 40 64 64
Fax: +33 (0)4 50 40 73 20

Union Network International (UNI)
8-10 avenue Reverdil
CH – 1260 Nyon
Tel: +41 22 365 21 00
Fax: +41 22 365 21 21


Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT)
French Democratic Confederation of Labor
47-49 avenue Simon Bolivar 79590 Paris Cedex 19
Tel: +33 1 42 03 80 00
Fax: +33 1 42 03 81 44
Visit their English Site
International Work:

  • At international level: CFDT is engaged in international trade union structures, the international confederation of free trade unions, international professional secretariats, advisory trade union commission to OECD, with which it conducts influential action within the international organisations (OMC, BIT, World Bank and International Monetary Fund) as well as in all major world-wide summits (UNO, G8, Francophonie).
  • At European level: CFDT is essentially acting through and with the European trade unions’ confederation and the European confederations, which lead to social negotiation both with the European Commission and with employers, within European social dialogue groups.

Confédération Française de L’Encadrement CGC
French Confederation of Professional and Managerial Staff
59/63, rue de Rocher
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 1 55 30 12 12
Fax: +33 1 55 30 13 13
English Site
International Work:
The CFECGC is a founding member of the Confédération Internationale des Cadres (CIC) and the CEC and is continually engaged in European discussions regarding labor standards. The CIC is an NGO which takes an active role in the ILO conferences, especially concerning the areas of union development and collective bargaining.

Confédération Générale du Travail
General Confederation of Labor
263 rue de Paris
93516 Paris, Montreuil
Tel: +33 1 48 18 80 00
Fax: +33 1 48 18 18 57
English Section

Confédération Générale de Travail- Force Ouvrière
General Confederation of Labor – Workers’ Strength
141 Avenue de Maine
75680 Paris, Cedex 14
Tel: +33 1 40 52 82 00
Fax: +33 1 40 52 82 02
English site

Fédération Syndicale Unitaire

United Union Federation
3/5 Rue de Metz
75010 Paris
Tel: +33 1 44 79 90 30
Fax: +33 1 48 01 02 52
The largest central government civil service union, mostly comprised of teachers unions.

Union Nationale des Syndicats Autonomes
National Federation of Independent Unions
21 rue Jules Ferry
93188 Begnolet cedex
Tel: +33 1 48 18 88 57
Fax: +33 1 48 01 02 52

Union Nationale des Syndicats Autonomes (UNSA)
National Federation of Independent Unions
21 rue Jules Ferry
93177 Bagnolet cedex
Tel: +33 1 48 18 88 57
Fax: +33 1 48 18 88 90


Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)
German Trade Union Federation
Burgstrasse 29-30, D-10178 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 24060 211 (press office)
Fax: +40 30 24060 324 (press office)
Visit the English section of their site
The Germany Trade Union Federation has remained very involved in European labor rights and is an active member of the TUAC, ETUC, ICFTU.
Unions within the Federation with International Programs:

  • Industriegewerkerschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie
    Mining, Chemicals, and Energy
    Member of the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Union and the International Textile, Garment, and Leather Workers’ Federation.
    Within the framework of the EU-aided project Observatório Social IG BCE participates in the research of industrial relations in the Brazil subsidiaries of three German and three Dutch companies. Also at the locations of large German chemical plants in China, IG BCE is of assistance in carrying out seminars to train union officials on the shop floor.

Christlicher Gewerschaftsbund Deutschlands(CGD)
German Christian Workers Federation
Obentrautstraße 57
10963 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 21 02 17-30
Fax: +49 30 21 02 17-40

Deutscher Meantenbund
German Civil Servans Federation
dbb Forum Berlin, Friedrickstraße 169/170
10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 4081-40
Fax: +49 30 4081-4999

Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft
United Services Union
Paula-Thiede-Ufler 10
10179 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 6956 0
Fax: +49 30 6956 3141

The Netherlands

Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV)
National Federation of Christian Trade Unions
Postbus 2475
3500 GL Utrecht
Tel: +31 30 2913911
Fax: +31 30 2946544
International Work:
The CNV has participated in ILO conferences and is a member of CNV, ETUC, and ITUC. They have a specialized department, CNV Internationaal. “This department gives financial, technical and moral support to ITUC-affiliated trade unions in more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe. CNV-supported unions are democratic and politically independent. The focus of this support is to strengthen them in their fight for human rights and social development, improved working conditions and the provision of training. By means of educational activities and campaigns, the CNV provides information in the Netherlands on the violation of trade union rights, and leads campaigns for imprisoned or threatened colleagues elsewhere.”

Federatie Nederlands Vakbeweging (FNV)
Netherlands Trade Union Confederation
Postbus 8456
1005 AL Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 581 6300
Fax: +31 20 684 4541

Vakcentrale Voor Middengroepen en Hoger Personeel (MHP)
Federation of Managerial and Professional Staff
Postbus 575
4100 AN Culemborg
Tel: +31 34 585 1900
Fax: +31 34 585 1919


Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations
Akersgata 16
0158 Oslo
Tel: + 47 23103410
Fax: +47 23103411

Landsorganisasjonen I Norge (LO)
Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
Youngsgata 11
0181 Oslo
Tel: +47 23 06 10 50
Fax: +47 23 06 17 43
Visit the English section of their site.


Akademikernes Centralorganisation (AC)
Danish Confederation of Professional Associations
Nørre Voldgarde 29
Postboks 2192
DK-1017 Copenhagen K
Tel: +45 3369 4040
Fax: +45 3393 8540
Visit the English section of their site.

Funktionærernes org Tjenstenændnes Faellesråd (FTF)
Salaried Employees’ and Civil Servants’ Confederation
Niels Hemmingsens Gade 12
Postbox 1169
1010 Copenhagen K
Tel: +45 33 36 88 00
Fax: +45 33 36 88 00
Visit the English section of their site.
FTF is a member of the ITUC, ETUC, TUAC, and NFS.

Landsorganisationen I Danmark (LO)
Danish Confederation of Trade Unions
Islands Brygge 32D
3200 Copenhagen S
Tel: +45 35 24 60 00
Fax: +45 35 24 63 00
Visit the English section of their site.
International Work.

  • · In cooperation with the Ministry for Employment, DI (the Confederation of Danish Industries) and CO Industri (the Central Organization of Industrial Employees in Denmark)have formed a syndicate that works with projects targeted at the development of social dialogue in Poland, The Czech Republic and Hungary.
  • · In cooperation with the FTF (Confederation of Salaried Employees and Civil Servants in Denmark), LO has also set up “The Danish Trade Union Council for International Development Cooperation” which implements projects in the developing countries. All development projects endorsed by LO and FTF will be handled by the Council, and its secretariat will serve the affiliated unions.


Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland
Rautatieläisenkatu 6
FI-00520 Helsinki
Tel: +385 150 21
Fax: +358 9 1502 603
International Work

  • · European integration strives towards the single labour market. The social partners negotiate unionwide agreements on employment conditions. AKAVA is active in the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and especially its division EUROCADRES, which looks after professional and managerial staff. Finnish trade union federations operate a joint office in Brussels. Moreover, AKAVA’s representative is a member of the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee.
  • · AKAVA’s international activity extends beyond the European Union. AKAVA has co-operation with all the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries and Russia. AKAVA is also a member of OECD’s Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and of the Finnish ILO Committee.

Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö (SAK ry)
Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK)
PO Box 157
FI-00531 Hilsinki
Tel: +358 9 77 211
Fax: +358 9 772 1447
Visit the English section of their site.
International Work
The SAK ry works with STTK, AKAVA, is a member of ETUC, TUAC, and participates with ILO.
The Finnish trade union movement is also engaged in international solidarity work. SAK and its member unions, together with some other trade unions, channel solidarity work through the Finnish Trade Unions Solidarity Centre – SASK.

Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees
Pohjoisranta 4A
PO Box 248
FI-00171 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 131 521
Fax: +358 9 652 367
Visit the English section of their site.
STTK is a member of ITUC, ETUC, TUAC, NFS

Suomen Ammattiliittojen Solidaarisuuskeskus (SASK)
Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland
Visit the English section of their site.
SASK has several worldwide projects to increase unions, union solidarity, labor rights, etc.


Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (CGIL)
Italian General Confederation of Labor
Corso d’Italia 25
00198 Rome
Tel: +39 6 84 761
Fax: +39 6 884 5683

Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Laboratori (CISL)
Italian Confederation of Workers’ Trade Unions
Via Po 21
00198 Rome
Tel: +39 6 84731
Fax: +39 6 841 3782
Visit the English section of their site.
CISL is a founding member of the ITUC, ETUC

Confederazione del Comitati de Base (Cobas)
Via Manzoni 55 00185 Rome, Rome
Tel:+39 6 77591926
Fax: +39 6 77206060

Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Autonomi Lavoratori (CISAL)
Italian Confederation of Free Workers’ Union
Viale Giului Cesare 21
00192 Rome
Tel: +39 6 32 07941
Fax: +39 6 32 12521

Unione Generale del Lavoro
General Labour Union
Via Margutta 19
00187 Rome
Tel: +39 6 32 4821
Fax: +39 6 32 4842


Landsorganizationen I Sverige (LO)
Swedish Trade Union Confederation
Barnhusgaten 18
S-105 52 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 796 25 00
Fax: +46 8 796 28 00
Visit the English section of their site.

Sveriges Akademikers Contralorganisation (SACO)
Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations
Box 2206
S-10315 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 613 48 00
Fax: +46 8 24 7701
Visit the English section of their site.

Tjanstemännens Centralorganisation (TCO)
Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees
Linnégatan 14
S-114 94 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 545 558 20
Fax: +46 8 545 558 39
Visit the English section of their site.
International Work
TCO has been present on the international arena for over 50 years. TCO works internationally – globally and within the EU – with largely the same issues that it deals with at the national level: economic issues, employment, working conditions and trade union and human rights… In 1949, TCO was among the founders of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU). TCO is also one of the founders of the ETUC and its Nordic equivalent, the Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS), as well as of the Trade Union Advisory Council (TUAC) to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

United Kingdom

Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Congress House
23-28 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3LS
Tel: +44 20 7636 4030
Fax: +44 20 7636 0632
Member of ICFTU, European TUC; has many programs which deal with both international union support and labor rights, as well as human rights in general.

New Zealand

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
PO Box 6645
Tel: +64 4 3851334
Fax: +64 4 3856051


Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
Level 2
393 Swanston Street
VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 9663 5266
Fax: +61 3 9663 4051
The ACTU International is a special sect of the ACTU that focuses exclusively on international campaigns to help strengthen unions worldwide.


Federastiia Nezavisimykh Profsoiuzov Rosii (FNPR)
Federation of Independant Trade Unions of Russia
42 Leninsky Prospect
House of Unions
119119 Moscow
Tel: +7 095 930 89 84
Fax: +7 095 938 22 93

All-Russian Confederation of Labour
Rozhdestvenka Street 5/7
103031 Moscow
Tel: +7 95 925 3213
Fax: +7 95 923 3655

Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR)
42 Leninsky Prospect
117119 Moscow
Tel: +7 95 938 8270


NSZZ Solidarność
Independant and Self Governing Trade Union Solidarity
ul. Waly Piastowskie 24
80-855, Gdansk
Tel: +48 58 308 42 32
Fax: +48 58 308 44 82

Ogólnoplskie Porozumienie Związków Zawodowych
All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions
ul. Kopernika 36/40
00-924 Warsaw
Tel: +48 22 826 92 41

Forum Związków Zawodowych (FZZ)
Trade Unions Forum
ul. Fordonska 55
85-719 Bydgoszcz
Tel: +48 52 371 83 33
Fax: +48 52 342 18 71


Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO)
Trade Union Confederation of Workers’ Commissions
Fernández dé la Hoz 12
28010 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 702 80 00
Fax: +34 91 310 48 04

Unión General de Trajabadores
General Union of Workers
Horteleza 88
28004 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 589 7691
Fax: +34 91 589 7813

Confederación General del Trabajo
General Confederation of Labor
Via Layetana
18 9ª Plta
08003 – Barcelona
Tel: +93 310 33 62

Euzko Langilleen Alkarasuna/Solidaridad de Trabakadores Vascos (ELA/STV)
Basque Workers’ Solidarity
Barrainkua 13
E – 48009 Bilbao
Tel: +34 944 03 77 00
Fax: +34 944 03 77 77

Unión Sindical Obrera (USO)
Pr&iacue;ncipal de Vergara 13 7º
29001 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 577 41 13
Fax: +34 91 577 29 59


Names are listed in French, Flemmish, and English.

Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique (CGSLB)
Algemene Centrale des Liberale Vakbonden
Central Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium
Koning Albertlaan 95
B-9000 Gent
Tel: +32 9 222 5751
Fax: +32 9 221 0474

Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens (CSC)
Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond
Confederation of Christian Trade Unions
Chaussée de Haacht 579
1031 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 246 3111
Fax: +32 2 246 3010

Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB)
Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond (ABVV)
General Federation of Belgian Labor
Rue Haute 42
1000 Bruselssels
Tel: +32 2 506 8211
Fax: +32 2 506 8229


Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Congrés du Travail du Canada (CTC)
2841 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, K1V 8X7
Tel: +1 613 521 3400
Fax: +1 613 521 8949
International Projects

Centrale des Syndicates Démocratiques (CSD)
801 4e rue
Quebec City, Quebec GIJ 2T7
Tel: +1 418 529 2956
Fax: +1 418 529 6323

Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)
9405 rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, Quebec HIL 6P3
Tel: +1 514 356 8888
Fax: +1 514 356 999

Christian Labour Association of Canada
5920 Mississauga Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1N6
Tel: +1 905 670 7383
Fax: +1 905 670 8416

Confédération des Syndicats Nationaux (CSN)
National Union Confederation
1601 age De Lorimier
Montreal, Quebec H2K 4M5
Tel: +1 514 598 2098
Fax: +1 514 598 2052

United States

American Federation of Labor – Congress of Indistrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
815 16th Street
NW, Washington DC 20006
Tel: +1 202 637 5000
Fax: +1 202 637 5058

Change to Win
1900 L Street, NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: +1 202 721-0660
Fax: +1 202 721-0661


Frente Auténtico del Trabajo
Authentic Labor Front
Oficina Central: Godard Nº 20 colonia Guadalupe Victoria M&éacute;xico
Distrito Federa Del.GAM
Tel: 55 56 9314- 55 56 93 75
Fax: 55 56 93 16

Confederatión de Trabajadores de México (CTM)
Confederation of Mexican Workers
Vallarta No. 8 Col. Tabacalera CP 06030
Tel: +52 5 35 0658
Fax: +52 5 90 50966

Confederatión Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos
Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants
Hamburgo 250 Col. Juarez
Mexico DF 06600, Mexico
Tel: +52 55-52085444-49
Fax: +52 55-52085444

Union Nacional de Trabajadores (UNT)
National Workers Union
c/o Sindicato de Telefonistas
Rio Neva nº 16
1er piso, Col. Cuauhtemoc
6500 Mexico
Tel: +52 5551 401483
Fax: +52 5551 401483


Confederação Geral dos Trabalhadores (CGT)
General Confederation of Workers
Rua Thomaz Gonzaga 50
2º andar
Liberdade, Sao Paulo CEP 01506-020
Tel: +55 11 279 6577
Fax: +55 11 279 6452

Central Única dos Trabalhabores (CUT)
Unitary Workers’ Center
Rua Caetano Pinto 575
Sao Paulo, SP 03041-000
Tel: +55 11-21089200
Fax: +55 11-21089310

Força Sindical
The Union Forces
Palácio do Trabalhador
Rue Galvão Bueno 780
Sao Paulo SP 01506-000
Tel: +55 11 277 5877
Fax: +55 11 277 5877


Cenfederatíon General del Trabajo de la Républica Argentina
General Confederation of Labor (CGT)
Azopardo 802
CP 1107 Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 11 4343 1883


Confederatión de Trabajadores de Venezuela (CTV)
Venezuelan Confederation of Workers
Av. Andres Eloy Blanco
Edificio José Vargas
Piso 17, Los Caobos, Caracas 1050
Tel: +58 212 576 0022
Fax: +58 212 574 1994

Movimiento Nacional de Trabajadores Para La Liberación (MONTRAL)
Av. Las Palmas Edificio Montral
Urbanización LAs Palmas
La Florid, Apartado 6681
Tel: +58 212 781 3355
Fax: +58 212 794 1231

Unión Nacional de Trabajadores (UNT)
National Union of Workers
Sede del Incret (Antigua Casa Sindical)
Av. Santander con Av. San Martin, El Paraiso, Caracas
Tel: +58 212 714 4591
Fax: +58 212 451 3001


All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)
10 Fuxingmenwai Street
Beijing 100865
Tel: +86 10 685 92730
Fax: +86 10 685 62031


Japanese Trade Union Confederation
Sohyo Kaikan bldg.
3-2-11 Kanda Surugadai
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0062
Tel: +81 3 5295 0526
Fax: +81 3 5295 0548

National Confederation of Trade Unions
Zenroren Kiakan 4F, 4-4
Yushima 2-chome Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8462
Tel: +81 3 5472 5841
Fax: +81 3 5472 5845

National Trade Union Council
Kotsu bldg., 5-15-5 Shinbashi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004
Tel: +81 3 5403 1650
Fax: +81 3 5403 1653

South Korea

Federation of Korean Trade Unions
FKTU Building 168-24
Chungam-Dong, Yongsan-Ku, Seoul 140-050
Tel: +82 2 715 3954
Fax: +82 2 715 7790

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU, Minju Nochong)
5th floor, Daeyoung Bldg.
139 Toungdeungpo-2-ga, Youngdeungpo-ku, Seoul 150-032
Tel: +82 2 636 0165
Fax: +92 2 635 1134


Vietnam General Confederation of Labor
82 Tran Hung Dao Street
PO Box 627, Hanoi
Tel: +84 4 942 1181


All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC)
24 Canning Lane
New Dehli 110001
Tel: +91 11 2338 7320
Fax: +91 11 2338 6427

Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS)
Indian Labor Organization
120 Babar Road
New Dehli 110001
Tel: +91 11 234 13519
Fax: +91 11 234 11037

Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
4 Bhai Veer Singh Marg
New Dehli 110011
Tel: +91 11 2374 7767
Fax: +91 11 2336 4244

Centre of Indian Trade Unions
NEW DELHI – 110 002
Tel: 00-91-11-2322 1288, 2322 1306
Fax: 00-91-11-2322 1284

United Trade Union Congress(UTUC)

New Trade Union Initiative
New Trade Union Initiative B-137, First Floor
Dayanand Colony, Lajpat Nagar Part IV
New Delhi 110024
Tel: +91-11-2621 4538, +91-11-2648 6931
Fax: +91-11-2648 6931

Links to Other Organizations

Business, Trade and Human Rights

Business for Social Responsibility
Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights
Business & Human Rights Resource Center
Corporate Ethics & Governance Watchdog
Ethical Globalization Initiative
Fairwear Campaign
Global Reporting Initiative
Global Witness
The Human Rights and Business Project
Human Rights for Workers
International Business Leaders Forum
Multinational Monitor
Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Stop ExxonMobil
United National Global Compact
United Students Against Sweatshops
World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Legal Assistance

Corporate Watch
International Rights Advocates
Immigrant Workers Clinic, NYU Law
Immigrant Workers Clinic, Yale Law
National Employment Lawyers Association
Transnational Worker Rights Clinic of the University of Texas Law School

Monitoring, Research, Private Mechanism

Campaign for Labor Rights
Clean Clothes Campaign
Global Exchange
International Initiative to End Child Labor/International Rescue Committee
Maquila Solidarity Network
National Labor Committee
No Sweat Institute
No Sweat
Social Accountability International
Worker Rights Consortium

Support for Organization and Networking

Global Labor Institute
Home Net
Solidarity Center
War on Want
Women Working Worldwide



Asia Monitor Resource Center
China Labour Bulletin
Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee
India Committee of the Netherlands
Rugmark Foundation
Thai Labor Campaign
Transnationals Information Exchange – Asia

North America

The Colombia Observatory
Global March Against Child Labor
Grupo De Monitoreo Independiente De El Salvador
Latin America Working Group
Resource Center of the Americas
US Office in Colombia
Washington Office in Latin America
US Leap


The Communication Initiative is a partnership of development organisations seeking to improve strategic communication thinking on international development issues. Their work focuses on issues such as health, education, gender, children’s rights, and poverty eradication.

Backbone Campaign is a coalition of grassroots organizations empowering citizens to nominate, comment on, and rate progressive leaders to serve as a virtual Progressive Parallel Administration.

SOMO, or the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, is a Dutch research and advisory bureau that, since 1973, has been investigating the consequences of corporate policies of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and the consequences of the internationalisation of business for developing countries in particular.

Women Working Worldwide is a UK based organisation which supports the struggles of women workers in the global economy through information exchange and international networking.

Transnationals Information Exchange-Asia (TIE-Asia) is a non profit, independent, regional labour network. TIE-Asia began in 1992 in response to the growing number of mostly women workers, who are largely unorganised and precariously employed in the export orientated textile, garment and related industries, within and outside of the zones, which are dominated by suppliers to transnational corporations (TNCs).

IRENE has been stimulating and facilitating the exchange of information on labour issues since 1981 and has contacts, resources and a European programme of work which covers current international labour issues.

Corporate Ethics and Governance Watchdog is an organization that files reports on the conduct of businesses from around the world. Due to globalization and the profit-driven interests of multinational corporations, local laws and communities are being ignored. Corporate Ethics and Governance Watchdog files reports on these companies relating to issues of ethics and governance.

The Solidarity Center is a non-profit organization that assists workers around the world who are struggling to build democratic and independent trade unions. As an allied organization of the AFL-CIO, we work with unions and community groups worldwide to achieve equitable, sustainable, democratic development and to help men and women everywhere stand up for their rights and improve their living and working standards.

US/LEAP (formerly the U.S./Guatemala Labor Education Project) is an independent non-profit organization that supports economic justice and basic rights for workers in Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico. US/LEAP focuses especially on the struggles of those workers who are employed directly or indirectly by U.S. companies such as Starbucks (coffee), Chiquita (bananas), and Phillips-Van Heusen (clothing).

Business and Human Rights: a resource website. The purpose of this website is to provide easy access (through links) to a wide range of materials on the subject. The site is maintained by Christopher Avery, an international lawyer working independently on business/human rights issues.

Thai Labour Campaignhas four goals:

  • Bring Thai workers into solidarity with international workers
  • Help workers to win living wages and improved labour rights
  • Pressure the government for meaningful labour protection standards and enforcement of those standards

Human Rights for Workers focuses on how globalization affects working men and women and on how it creates the need to incorporate the human rights of workers into global rules at the national, regional, and international levels through governmental, quasi-governmental, private business, labor union, and other non-governmental channels.

International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation 216 Trade Unions in 106 countries with a combined membership of over 10 million workers bound together in solidarity.

Fair wear Australia Stopping exploitation of home based outworkers. In Australia and other countries around the world women and their families work at sewing machines to produce the clothes that are sold in our shops and markets.

The Multinational Monitor is published monthly except bimonthly in January/February and July/August by Essential Information, Inc. The Multinational Monitor tracks corporate activity, especially in the Third World, focusing on the export of hazardous substances, worker health and safety, labor union issues and the environment.

No Sweat is an activist, campaigning organisation, fighting sweatshop bosses, in solidarity with workers, worldwide.

HomeNet is representing, organising and supporting homebased workers around the world to improve their working and living conditions.

Asia Monitor Resource Center(AMRC) is an independent non-government organization (NGO) which focuses on Asian labour concerns.

Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee. Since its birth, CIC has been deciding to stand with workers. We do not attempt to become a leader of workers, but rather to struggle with workers and to organize them to fight for their own rights. We strongly believe that workers’ desperate struggle is the only way to change their poor situations. CIC is an enabler only.

China Labour Bulletin seeks to promote independent trade unionism and provide information on the activities of the official All-China Federation of Trade Unions, as well as attempts by workers to organise outside it.

United Students Against Sweatshops is fighting to end the use of such sweatshop labor.

International Organizations

ILO (International Labor Organization) is a UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

UN (United Nations) is an international body of over 180 member countries chartered to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

UNICEF is mandated by the UN General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet basic needs and to expand opportunities to reach their full potential.

Latin America

The Colombia Observatory monitors human rights, environment, democracy, equitable development, and the struggle for peace in Colombia.

Latin America Working Group is a coalition of organizations striving for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice and sustainable development in the region.

Resource Center of the Americas informs, educates and organizes to promote human rights, democratic participation, economic justice and cross-cultural understanding in the context of globalization in the Americas.

US Office on Colombia seeks to educate U.S. policymakers, the media and public about the impact of U.S. policy on Colombia. By supporting Colombian civil society initiatives and broadening knowledge, understanding and debate it aims to assist in the development of policy solutions.

Washington Office on Latin America is a nonprofit policy, research and advocacy organization working to advance democracy, human rights and social justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Policy Organizations that Advocate for Workers

Development Gap works to ensure that the knowledge, priorities and efforts of South inform decisions made in the North about their economies and the environments in which they live.

EarthRights International is a group of activists, organizers, and lawyers working to combine the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment.

Open Society Institute is part of the Soros foundations network, OSI initiatives aim to build free and open societies by strengthening civil society and promoting economic reform, education, human rights, legal reform, public health, and arts and culture.

Click here for the latest Open Society Newsletter.

Public Citizens’ Global Trade Watch was created in 1993 to promote government and corporate accountability in the international agreements shaping the current version of globalization.
Stop Exxon Mobil is a broad association of rights groups working to influence ExxonMobil’s behavior in the human rights, environment, governance and community relations areas.

Trade Unions

AFL-CIO is the voluntary federation of America’s unions, representing more than 13 million working women and men nationwide.

Canadian Labour Congress is the Canadian federation of trade unions, representing the majority of national and international unions in Canada.

Communications Workers of America – the largest telecommunications union in North America, represents 630,000 workers, including 500,000 building the information highway.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters is the most diverse union in the U.S., representing over 1.5 million members in a wide variety of occupations.

ICFTU (International Confederation of Free Trade Unions) is a Confederation of national trade union centres, each of which links together the trade unions of that particular country.

IUF (International Union of Food Workers) represents workers employed in agriculture, food manufacture and preparation, tobacco processing, hotels, restaurants, catering and tourism.

PSI (Public Service International) is an international trade union federation for public sector unions, representing more than 20 million public sector workers worldwide.

UE (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America) is a national union representing some 35,000 workers in manufacturing, public and private non-profit sector jobs.

Labor Rights Advocates

Campaign for Labor Rights mobilizes grassroots activism throughout the United States for campaigns to end sweatshop abuses and child labor.

Child Labor Coalition is a national network providing a forum on child labor issues and developing outreach to combat child labor and promote progressive initiatives and legislation.

China Labor Watch is devoted to improving Chinese workers’ working and living conditions, defending their rights, and upholding international labor and human rights standards
Clean Clothes Campaign is an international network, based in the Netherlands, with the goal of improving working conditions in the garment industry worldwide.

Corporate Watch investigates and exposes corporate violations of human rights, environmental crimes, fraud and corruption around the world. We work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.

EcoFlora is a Canadian flower retailer serving the Toronto area selling flowers certified by Sierra Eco, Flower Label Program and Max Havelaar, in fair trade baskets and other fair trade containers.

Global Exchange is a non-profit research, education, and action center dedicated to increasing global awareness in the US while building international partnerships around the world.

Global March Against Child Labor is a program of local and national demonstrations, events and advocacy campaigns, seeking to mobilize efforts to protect the rights of all children.

Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES) verifies company compliance with the basic norms of labor and human rights in El Salvador.

India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) informs the public about how social, economic and political developments in the West influence the daily lives of millions of Indians.

International Initiative to End Child Labor is a US-based organization that provides education, training, technical assistance, research, resources, and evaluation services to public and private institutions and agencies and NGOs that seek to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the United States and around the world.

Maquila Solidarity Network is a network promoting solidarity with groups in Central America and Asia organizing in maquiladora factories and export processing zones to improve conditions.

National Labor Committee is a human rights advocacy group, dedicated to educating and engaging the U.S. public on human and labor rights abuses by corporations.

National Workrights Institute is a non-profit organization that works to improve the legal protection of human rights in the workplace in the U.S.

No Sweat Apparel is a 100% union-made sweatshop alternative providing competitive products to Western consumers while paying union shops and coops around the world a living wage. Also aims to provide information for consumers about the happenings of the garment industry.

RUGMARK is a monitoring and labeling program that recruits carpet producers and importers to make or sell carpets that are free of illegal child labor, and educates former carpet children.

Sweatshop Watch is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to eliminating sweatshop conditions in the global garment industry.

Anti-Trafficking and Sex Worker Support

Sex Worker Rights and Anti-Trafficking

Anti-Slavery International
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
Global Fund for Women
Global Rights
International Organization for Migration
La Strada Ukraine
Network of Sex Work Projects
The United Nationals Refugee Agency


Public International Bodies

International Labor Organization (ILO): Complaints in General

Complaints are filed with the ILO when a member has violated or has failed to satisfactorily observe an ILO Convention that it ratified. The complaints must originate from an ILO member state, a delegate of the International Labor Conference, or the Governing Body of the ILO.

Complaints are filed with the International Labor Office. The complaint will first be considered by the Governing Body of the ILO, unless it relates to trade union rights, in which case, the Governing Body will forward the complaint to the Committee on Freedom of Association. If necessary, the Governing Body may inquire into the government in question about the substance of the complaint. If not, the Governing Body may appoint a Commission of Inquiry, and the Commission will decide the merits of the complaint.

The Commission must prepare a report of its findings, and make necessary recommendations. The report and recommendations are sent to the Committee of Experts to follow up with the governments in question. The report will be published and it will also be transmitted to the Governing Body and to the affected governments. Each government must convey its acceptance or non-acceptance of the recommendations within three months to the ILO. If a government contests findings by the Commission, it may appeal to International Court of Justice, whose decision will be final.

If a government fails to follow the recommendations of the Commission or the final decision of the ICJ in a timely manner, the Governing Body may then recommend necessary measures against a government to the International Labor Conference to achieve compliance from the government.

Click here for more information on how to file a complaint.

ILO: Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA)

The CFA examines complaints relating to violations of freedom of association and collective bargaining. Complaints may be brought against any nation, and they may originate from employers’ or workers’ organizations (i.e. labor unions). If the CFA finds that the complaint has merits, the CFA will issue recommendations for the affected government to follow.

If the complaint was brought against a government that has ratified the relevant laws in question, the case may be referred to the Committee of Experts. In some cases, the CFA may choose to resolve the issues alleged in the complaint by direct contact with relevant government officials to facilitate a solution. Since 1951, the CFA has investigated over 2,300 cases, and more than 60 countries have followed the recommendations proposed by the CFA.
click here for more information on the CFA.

ILO: Committee of Experts

Once a member state has ratified an ILO Convention, it must periodically submit reports to the ILO detailing its progress in implementing the Conventions it ratified. These reports must also be submitted to employers’ and workers’ organizations, and these organizations may comment on the reports to the ILO.

The purpose of the Committee of Experts is to examine the reports submitted to the ILO by the member nations. Once the Committee has examined the reports, it may make observations to be published in its annual report or it may make additional requests for information from a government. For more information on the Committee of Experts, please click here.

The World Bank: Inspection Panel

In 1993, the Inspection Panel was established to provide services to people who are affected by World Bank projects. The purpose of the Panel is to ensure that the Bank adheres to its rules and procedures.

Before filing a complaint, individuals and entities affected by a World Bank project must first try to resolve the problems with World Bank management. Otherwise, those who are living in or who are representing persons living in areas affected by a World Bank project who are likely to be harmed by the project may file a complaint with the Inspection Panel.

The Panel will inspect the complaint to ensure that the request is within its mandate. If it is, then the Panel will send the complaint to Bank Management, so that it will have an opportunity to respond. The Panel will then review the complaint and the response and make a recommendation to the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors as to whether the complaint should be investigated.

If the Board decides that it should be investigated, the Panel will do so. The Panel will report its findings to the Board and to Management. Management will have six weeks to make recommendations on how it will respond to the Panel’s findings. Based on its own findings and the recommendations of Management, the Panel will make a final decision on a corrective procedure.

For more information on how to file a complaint with the World Bank’s Inspection Panel click here.

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Effective April 30, 2006, the IFC has adopted a Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability. The purpose of this policy is to obtain positive results for private sector projects that the IFC finances in emerging markets. Labor and working conditions are considered in the policy.
Individuals, communities, or any other entities affected by or involved in an IFC-financed project may file a complaint with the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) if the issue cannot be resolved at the project level or through other established mechanisms. The CAO is independent of the IFC and reports directly to the President of the World Bank. The CAO will examine the issues raised in the complaint, and will investigate to ensure that the IFC complies with all applicable guidelines. Often, a CAO staff member and/or outside experts will visit the site where the complaint arises to investigate and to conduct interviews. The CAO will then prepare a report and make recommendations on how the issues can be resolved.
For more information on filing a complaint with the CAO click here.

The World Trade Organization and the Social Clause

The first Ministerial Conference of the WTO was held in Singapore in December 1996. The discussion regarding the “social clause” was a main focus of the conference. The “social clause” links labor standards with trade. Developing countries and the United Kingdom opposed the link between trade and labor standards whereas the United States and some other developed countries were in favor of it.
A compromise was reached between the parties at the end of the conference, and a paragraph was added into the Ministerial Declaration. All parties confirmed its commitment to observe international labor standards and the ILO. All parties also recognized that increase trade contributes to the promotion of labor standards, but declined to acknowledge that labor standards should be used for “protectionist purposes,” and that low-wage developing countries should be favored in this linkage.

Private Mechanisms

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises set forth various standards and principles of responsible business conduct. Governments adhering to the Guidelines must establish National Contact Point (NCP) to disseminate information about the Guidelines to business and interested entities and encourage them to follow the Guidelines. Countries that has established NCPs are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Commission has also committed itself to adhering to the Guidelines although it does not have an NCP.
When an issue arises regarding the Guidelines, it is the NCP that will make the initial assessment as to whether the issue has merits. The NCP must take appropriate steps to preserve confidential business information while the dispute is ongoing. The NCP will consult with the parties in question and relevant outside resources as necessary to try to resolve the dispute. If the parties fail to cooperate, then the NCP will issue a statement and make appropriate recommendations. Once consultation between the NCP and the relevant parties has ended, the results may be made public unless doing so will impair effective implementation of the Guidelines.
Each NCP will make an annual report to the Committee on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises, and make appropriate recommendations to the NCPs on how they can improve their functions or implement the Guidelines effectively.
For more information on the implementations of the Guidelines click here.

Litigation Mechanisms

Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA)

Enacted in 1789, it allows federal courts in the United States to exercise original jurisdiction for civil actions filed by a foreigner alleging tortuous conducts that were committed “in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.” In recent years, foreigners have used the ATCA to sue transnational American-owned corporations for complying with and sometimes assisting foreign governments or officials in abusing human rights in furtherance of the corporations’ financial interests.
Although recent United States Supreme Court rulings have shown signs of restricting the reading of ATCA to favor corporations, but it is doubtful that courts will grant absolute immunity to American-owned transnational corporations. For example, in 2003, in Estate of Rodriguez v. Drummond Corp., the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Western Division) granted claims based on ATCA to proceed against a US-owned mining company that allegedly plotted with Colombian paramilitaries to assassinate the miners’ union leaders. The court referred to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which the United States and 146 other nations have endorsed. The Covenant specifically confers on all individuals “the right to freedom of association with others,” and more specifically, the right to “form and join trade unions for the protection of [their] interest.”

Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

ETI has enacted a code of labor practice, known as the “Base Code.” This Code incorporates the most relevant standards of international labor practices, which all ETI member companies should adopt and follow. ETI members are to work together to successfully implement the Code, and they are to present an annual report on their successes or failures. Workers who are covered by the Code must have adequate resources to report employers’ abuses of the Code. To learn more about the Code and how it is implemented, click here.
Current Members
Contact ETI

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

The FLA focuses on helping participating companies to adopt and adhere to its Code of Conduct. The FLA assists companies to implement programs that will allow them monitor themselves internally. The FLA will also independently monitor each company’s high-risk facilities and work with them to enact corrective measures.
Click here for more information about the role of the FLA.

Social Accountability International (SAI)

SAI promotes human rights for workers worldwide. Anyone who wishes to make a complaint to SAI may do so in writing, and send it to Executive Director, SAI, 220 East 23rd Street, Suite 605, New York, NY 10010. The complaint should give a detailed explanation of its objective. Once the complaint is fully investigated, SAI will notify all interested parties on the outcome of the complaint.
For more information on how to file a complaint with SAI click here.

Regional and Country Specific

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) & the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC)

NAFTA is an agreement between the United States and its neighbors, Canada and Mexico, to limit taxes on imports and exports. The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) later complemented NAFTA. The goal of the NAALC is to advance labor relations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico as well as labor unions and social organizations. The NAALC provides a mechanism for its members to enforce labor standards without changing a nation’s labor system.
Under the NAALC, all three governments must maintain a National Administrative Office (NAO). Individuals, unions, employers, non-governmental organizations, or other private parties may file public communications for the NAO to review labor law issues from another country. An entity filing for review must follow the procedures of its own NAO office. If the matter requires expert evaluation, a country may require an independent Evaluation Committee of Experts (ECE). If the ECE is ineffective in resolving the problem, an independent Arbitral Panel will be established, and the decisions of the Panel should be followed or the entity may be fined or sanctioned.
For more information about filing public communications click here.
For more information about the ECE and the Arbitral Panel click here.
For general information about NAALC review click here.

US-Cambodia Bilateral Textile Trade Agreement

Signed on January 20, 1999, it encourages Cambodia to comply with international labor standards (specifically, standards set forth by the International Labor Organization) and Cambodian labor laws. The Agreement gave trade-related incentives to Cambodia in exchange for allowing the ILO to supervise labor conditions at the factory level.


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