Declaration of Philadelphia Law and Legal Definition

The Declaration of Philadelphia was adopted at the 26th Conference of the International Labour Organisation in 1944 and was added as annex to the ILO's constitution. The Declaration focussed on a series of key principles to embody the work of the ILO. These include:

Labour is not a commodity.

Freedom of expression and of association are essential to sustained progress.

Poverty anywhere constitutes a danger to prosperity everywhere.

All human beings, irrespective of race, creed or sex, have the right to pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity.