ILO Recommendation No.204

"ILO must lead on the future of work"

The Committee on the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy celebrating the successful end of its work, ILC June 2015

At its 104th Session (2015), the International Labour Conference (ILC) adopted the Recommendation concerning the transition from the informal to the formal economy (Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204)) based on strong tripartite consensus and near unanimous vote, following a two-year process of consultations.

This new Recommendation is of strategic significance for the world of work and for the future of work: it concerns half of the global labour force and more than 90 percent of small and medium enterprises worldwide who are working and operating in conditions of informality.

This is the first international labour standard to focus on the informal economy in its entirety and diversity and to point clearly in the direction of transition to the formal economy as the means for realizing decent work for all and for achieving inclusive development.

R.204 full text

Reports submitted to the ILC concerning R.204

Tripartite Meeting of Experts on facilitating Transitions 

Follow-up Strategy




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