It is the foremost international organization working in this area. Its main tools, as of any other international organization, are international conventions, covenants, agreements, declarations and treaties.
Within the ILO the core is the ILC (International Labour Conference), which meets every year at its headquarters. Another associate body, the International Institute of Labour Studies focuses on the education and research studies on social and labour policies.
The member countries of the ILO enact domestic legislations to meet their particular national objectives keeping in mind the standards of labour practices evolved and advocated by the ILO.
The ILO may well be called the most effective international watchdog of workers’ rights and the foremost promoter of their welfare. In domestic industrial adjudication the labour standards set by the ILO are nearly always kept central so long as they do not contravene express legal provisions made by the legislature.