ILAB advances workers' rights and working conditions around the world by:
- Negotiating strong labor rights language in new trade and investment agreements and trade preference programs, as well as in the guidelines governing lending by multilateral development banks and international financial institutions;
- Administering the labor provisions of U.S. free trade agreements and trade preference programs to ensure that they are applied to protect the rights of workers; and
- Building the capacity of other countries and helping them improve their protection of workers' rights.
ILAB also represents the interests of U.S. workers in U.S. government interagency policy deliberations on trade-related issues such as the elimination of unfair trade barriers, implementation of trade remedies, and the protection of intellectual property rights.
ILAB tracks the implementation of these goals by monitoring how well:
- governments are adopting or revising laws, regulations, policies, and/or other instruments that strengthen worker rights;
- labor inspectorates are improving their performance in conducting labor inspections and enforcing national labor laws; and
- employers are increasing participation in effective social compliance programs (e.g., using the ILAB Toolkit for Responsible Businesses or participating in the Better Work program).