The International Institute for Labour Studies was established in 1960 as an autonomous facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Its mandate is to promote policy research and public discussion on emerging issues of concern to the ILO and its constituents - labour, business and government. It provides three major facilities:
A GLOBAL FORUM on social policy enabling governments, business and labour to interact informally with the academic community and other opinion-makers;
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAMMES AND NETWORKS linking academics with business, labour and government practitioners, to explore emerging policy issues of potential relevance for the ILO and contribute to policy formulation;
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES to assist trade unions, employers' organizations and labour administrations in developing their institutional capacities for research, analysis and policy formulation in the economic and social fields.