Tokyo 2020 and the ILO Conclude MoU Promoting 'Decent Work' and Sustainable Development

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today signed a unique partnership agreement aimed at advancing “decent work” through socially responsible labour practices amongst the Games' delivery partners.

This constitutes Tokyo 2020's first partnership with a UN organisation, and the first time that the ILO has officially entered into a relationship with an Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee. The partnership will encourage delivery partners to play a positive role in promoting decent work through a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Socially responsible labour practices will be promoted to all delivery partners of the Games—sponsors, suppliers and licensees—and will contribute to spreading worldwide positive reform through sport. The partnership includes the following collaborative activities:

  • Raising awareness among the general public of the labour dimension of corporate social responsibility through the organisation of events such as an annual forum on sustainability and decent work
  • The collection and dissemination of good practices among the Games' delivery partners on socially responsible labour practices that are guided by the ILO Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE) Declaration
  • Providing technical assistance to help build the capacities of the Games' delivery partners through seminars, workshops, and roundtables
  • The development and dissemination of tools to support Games' delivery partners in implementing socially responsible labour practices that realise the principles of the ILO MNE Declaration

At the signing ceremony on Thursday, Director-General of the ILO Guy Ryder said, “I congratulate Tokyo 2020 for making the Games a vehicle for ‘decent work’ – work carried out in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.

“Through this partnership we are committing together to uphold respect for international labour standards for all the women and men who will work hard to make the Games a reality in 2020.

“There may be challenges along the way, but with determination and joint action we can contribute towards attaining sustainable development through the generation of more and better jobs for all. The ILO will share its global expertise and experience in the practical application of labour standards.”

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto added, “I am very pleased to be able to conclude this agreement today.
In line with the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020 and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has integrated sustainability in many aspects of the Games preparations. Tokyo 2020's Sustainable Sourcing Code additionally incorporates many aspects of labour practices.

“The ILO and Tokyo 2020 agree to build a cooperative relationship towards the realisation of decent work, which is also one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and will ultimately lead to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto