The IOE, established in 1920, is the largest representative organisation of the private sector in the world, with more than 150 national employers' organisation members in more than 140 countries.

The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) is the only recognised body representing the interests of employers in international social and labour policy matters.

The objectives of the IOE are:

  • To promote the economic, employment and social policy environments necessary to sustain and develop free enterprise and the market economy;
  • To provide an international forum to bring together, represent and promote the interests of national employers’ organizations and their members throughout the world in all labour and socio-economic policy issues;
  • To assist, advise, represent and provide relevant services and information to members, to establish and maintain permanent contact among them and to coordinate the interests of employers at the international level, particularly within the ILO and other international institutions;
  • To promote and support the advancement and strengthening of independent and autonomous employers’ organizations and to enhance their capabilities and services to members;
  • To inform public opinion and promote understanding of employers’ points of view;
  • To facilitate and promote the exchange and transfer of information, experience and good practice amongst members.