The ILO’s first constitution was created in 1919 after World War I by the Labour Commission which was part of the peace negotiations in Paris

The ILO’s first constitution was created in 1919 after World War I by the Labour Commission which was part of the peace negotiations in Paris. It resulted in a tripartite organization, the only one of its kind bringing together representatives of governments, employers and workers in its executive bodies. It is a result of political, economic, security and humanitarian concerns after the war. The constitution took all of these points into considerations. The ILO is unique in that regard with its acknowledgement that social justice can only be accomplished through lasting peace and the protection of workers. Further, it became clear that countries became more and more dependant on each other and that there arose a need for similar working conditions in countries competing for markets.