International labour standards are created or changed by employer, worker and government delegates from all countries. Equal voting power for all delegates allows governments to side with either union or employer delegates on key labour standards, or to join with both sides in agreed positions, creating a dynamic environment in which international workplace issues can be resolved
BusinessNZ has played a leading role in developing recent international standards on health and safety, work in the fishing industry, and domestic work. CTU representatives have held similarly important leadership roles at the ILO.
BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the work of BusinessNZ and the CTU at the ILO helped grow New Zealand's international relationships and contributed to better workplace law in all 187 ILO member countries.