ILO Code of Practice

The ILO has developed a Code of Practice in response to many requests for guidance, through a widespread process of consultation with government, employer and worker constituents in all regions. The Code represents the ILO's commitment to help secure conditions of decent work and social protection in the face of the epidemic: its implementation is at the core of the Programme's strategic plan. The Code contains fundamental principles for policy development and practical guidelines from  which concrete responses can be developed at enterprise, community and national levels in the following key areas:

  • prevention of HIV
  • management and mitigation of the impact of HIV on the world of work
  • care and support of workers infected and affected by HIV
  • elimination of stigma and discrimination on the basis of real or perceived HIV status.

The ILO code is now recognized as an essential companion to the UN system personnel policy.

More Information
  • ILO Code of Practice
    Download the complete ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work, in multiple languages.
  • ILO Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the world of work, 2010
    The new labour standard is the first human rights instrument to focus on HIV and AIDS in the world of work, and was adopted - by an overwhelming majority - by governments, employers' and workers' representatives from ILO member States at the International Labour Conference in June 2010.