Social Protection

Building social protection floors and comprehensive social security systems

Glossary

standards

Standards either take the form of Conventions or Recommendations and cover all areas that concern the objectives of the ILO. Conventions are designed with a view to being ratified. Hence, when an ILO Member state ratifies a Convention, it becomes subject to legally binding international obligations. While Recommendations are not open for ratification, they specify general or technical guidelines and often supplement corresponding Conventions. Standards therefore serve as globally backed guidelines for national social policies. When ratified, they also prevent countries from going backwards, or losing what has already been achieved