Intercultural Human Rights Law Review


The core of international protection of workers' rights is made up of the Fundamental Labour Standards that were developed in the framework of the International Labour Organization (ILO). These standards, included in the eight fundamental conventions of the ILO are part of public international law, but are also incorporated into a large number of other - public, private, binding and voluntary - instruments that regulate international corporate behavior and form the basis for worker protection in international corporate social responsibility mechanisms. Fundamental Labour Standards (FLS) aim to secure respect for the prohibition of child labour, the prohibition of forced labour, non-discrimination and equal treatment, and freedom of association and collective bargaining. This article examines the scope and content of the FLS, reviews the large diversity of regulatory instruments that apply these standards in relation to the corporate sphere, and analyzes how FLS are addressed at the corporate level in practice.