International Labour Organization (ILO)
Head of unit, Multinational Enterprises
Githa Roelans is the Head of the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit since 2013. The unit provides policy advice and technical assistance to governments, employers and workers in ILO member States on the application of the ILO Tripartite Declaration concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and plays a central role in ILO's engagement with enterprises. The MNE Declaration was most recently revised in 2017 through a global tripartite process. The unit leads the ILO’s work on corporate social responsibility/responsible business as a critical component of promoting sustainable enterprises and their contribution to decent work. The unit collaborates with many international organizations, such as the OHCHR, OECD, UN Global Compact, UNDP, UNWomen, UNCTAD, FAO, EU, WAIPA etc. thus contributing to policy coherence on the labour dimension of responsible business. Githa Roelans joined the ILO in 2007 where she held positions in the Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and the Bureau for Gender Equality before taking up her current post in the ILO Enterprises department. Previously she worked in the UNIDO Beijing Office (China) and held senior advisory positions in global consultancies in Brussels (Belgium). She is a Belgian national and graduate of the University of Leuven (KULeuven and UCL), where she subsequently held research and management posts.