Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) returns to the ILO headquarters


Building on successive Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) involvement at meetings of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the GLI returned to the ILO headquarters in Geneva from 12th to 16th March 2017 to attend the 329th ILO Governing Body Meeting.

A team of undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences travelled to Geneva. Professor Jason Heyes of the School of Management and students Gemma Bray (Information School), Megan Buxton (Politics), Sarah Hake (Management), Isobel Jenkinson (Management), Ciara McQuillan Bridson (Politics), Edward Pemberton (Politics), Grace Wallace (Economics and Politics), and Grace Whitfield (Sheffield Methods Institute), as well as Mary Kane, International Student Experience Manager, joined delegates from the ILO to observe the Governing Body session.

ILO 2017The GLI Team at the ILO Headquarters.

About the ILO and the Governing Body

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to universal and lasting peace.

Today, the ILO helps advance the creation of decent work and the economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress. Its tripartite structure serving the needs of workers, employers and member states provides a unique platform for promoting decent work for all women and men. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

The Governing Body is the executive body of the International Labour Organization which meets three times a year, in March, June and November. It takes decisions on ILO policy, decides the agenda of the International Labour Conference, adopts the draft programme and budget of the organisation for submission to the Conference, and elects the Director-General.

Students selected to attend the ILO Meeting worked as policy analysts, writing policy briefs and blogs, pertaining to discussions held at sessions at the meeting’s summit.