The International Labour Organization, or ILO, was founded in 1919 and became the first specialised agency of the UN in 1946. The ILO promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues.
The ILO Department of Statistics provides users within and outside the ILO with relevant, timely and reliable labour statistics. Their activities include: gathering and disseminating labour statistics; setting international standards for labour statistics; and providing technical cooperation, assistance and training in labour statistics.
The ILO manages a large quantity of valuable statistical information that can be difficult to collect, process and display. High costs, comparability issues among countries, and the need to revamp data dissemination were some of the reasons that drove ILO to streamline processes and find a new solution to digitalise and make statistics accessible.