Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111)

The Discrimination Convention is an anti-discrimination convention which addresses discrimination based on race, sex, political opinion, or religion. It is one of eight fundamental ILO conventions on the protection of labour standards.

The Discrimination Convention (No. 111) was formally adopted in 1958 and entered into force in June 1960. The Convention lays out a definition for discrimination and forbids distinction, exclusion or preference based on race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction, or social origin. Parties to the Convention are required to set up and align national policies to guarantee equality of treatment and opportunity. This includes inter alia strong cooperation with workers’ and employers’ organisations as well as the promotion of educational programmes. The Convention’s implementation is supervised by the ILO’s Committee of Experts. The Committee also reviews and evaluated the State Party reports which must be submitted every three years. The Discrimination Convention is part of the 15 core conventions covered under the GSP regulation.