IALI’s Current and Future Directions
In 2008 IALI took on the specific challenge of developing a greater capacity to meet the ever increasing demands for services during 2008-2011 and to underpin this work, an Action Plan for the Future: 2008-2011 and Beyond, was developed and approved at IALI’s General Assembly in 2008.
At the 2011 General Assembly, a review of the progress we have made on our 6 key strategic objectives and ‘Areas for Action’ under our Action Plan for the Future, demonstrated exceptional progress during our first 3 years of working to the Plan. You can view both the original Action Plan for the Future and the Status Report 2008-2011 on this website.
At our 2011 General Assembly a revised Action Plan for the Future: 2011-2014 and Beyond was presented proposing activities for the next triennium of 2011-2014, to build on and consolidate the activities that we have pursued over the last 3 years as well as highlighting new priorities for the future. Your comments on these proposals would be welcome.
Regional Cooperation – a key theme
Together with host countries, since 2005 we have run the first and second IALI conferences in Asia (Macao and Beijing), the first IALI conference in North America (Toronto), the first IALI conference in the Pacific region (Adelaide), and conferences in Lisbon, Banja Luka and Azerbaijan. Many other joint IALI conferences throughout the world now feature regularly on IALI’s calendar (eg countries of the Baltic, SE Europe, North Africa, Dusseldorf, China and Vietnam).
IALI’s strategic focus for the last 6 years has been on developing alliances through regional cooperation and IALI has built its role as a catalyst for the development of regional cooperation agreements resulting in, since 2008, formal arrangements including the Sofia Agreement 2008, uniting South East Europe, Azerbaijan and Ukraine; the North African Alliance of Labour Inspectors 2010, uniting the Maghreb countries of Africa; the Halong Bay Recommendation 2010, on cooperation in Labour Inspection throughout ASEAN countries; and the Moscow Declaration 2011, uniting the CIS countries of Eastern Europe and Mongolia.
Integrity and Professionalism – a key theme
Building a professional foundation for Labour Inspection through development and implementation of IALI’s Global Code of Integrity; and promoting influence through demonstrating and measuring the effectiveness of Labour Inspection activities are IALI’s two other current key priorities.
Our pledge at the 2008 General Assembly to promulgate the then newly approved Global Code of Integrity for Labour inspection has resulted in extensive activities aimed at implementing codes of integrity locally in many countries. IALI members have taken the initiative to arrange translation of our Code into 11 languages with more to come.
The Code is intended to provide a framework designed to stimulate each country to discuss and adopt its own code reflecting these common principles and suited to local conditions. Some inspectorates have chosen to implement the Code directly and have already required their inspectorate to work according to its principles as well as acting on their commitment to ensure the necessary conditions are in place to provide an environment that is conducive to ethical work practices.
By implementing this Code, countries will be committing their Labour Inspectorates to the dynamic development of principles which reflect integrity and professional and ethical behaviour. The Code will become a platform for leadership at the highest level and determine employee conduct throughout the organisation. Of particular interest to members worldwide will be reports of experiences, strategies and solutions for overcoming obstacles to implementation of the principles of the Code; and this core work is destined to occupy our thoughts and deliberations for many years to come.
IALI has completed two key underpinning documents for professional labour inspection: A set of common principles of operation for labour inspectorates and work on measurement tools and evaluation methods for labour inspection.