Simon Steyne

Senior ILO Adviser on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

Simon Steyne, Senior ILO Adviser on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and former ILO Governing Body member, ETI co-founder and Board member, is a recognised expert on fundamental rights at work, particularly child labour. He has worked extensively in Africa, Latin America and South Asia, and on agriculture, mining and TGL value chains, and chaired ETI’s early South African wine project. As a Trades Union Congress official and, 1992-2008, TUC ILO delegation member, Simon worked on ILO Conventions on atypical work; was a principal drafter of Convention 182 on worst forms of child labour; served in the ILO Conference Standards Committee; and was ITUC representative in the Global March against Child Labour International Council. Appointed in 2008 as Operations Chief, ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, he subsequently led IPEC’s partnerships with employers’ and workers’ organisations, enterprises and the broader worldwide movement, advising several supply-chain and business initiatives, supporting the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture, and helping establish the Music against Child Labour Initiative. Simon retires…today!