In addition to the development of the law, international labour standards can also provide guidance for the development of national and local policies such as employment, work and the family. They can also be used to improve various administrative structures such as employment services, labour inspection, social security and employment services. Standards can also serve as a source of good working relationships for dispute resolution bodies and collective agreement models. Over the next six months, a work plan will be developed to promote cooperation at the global, regional and national level and, more importantly, to facilitate the implementation of the agreement on the ground, where the two agencies cooperate directly with the populations concerned. In 2009, the ILO set up an assistance service that provides voters and businesses with easy access to information, support, recommendations and advice on CSR and the implementation of labour standards, in order to adapt business practices to international labour standards. DG Vitorino said: «The agreement we are signing today will help us consolidate our cooperation at a time when common solutions are so urgent, with a pandemic hitting the most vulnerable. On the road to post-pandemic recovery, we fully accept the demand to build a better world together by taking advantage of the added value of each partner. We have a lot to do with the ILO and look forward to future cooperation within the wider UN family, with our partner governments, the private sector and civil society. A growing number of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements and regional economic integration agreements contain provisions related to workers` and workers` rights. Indeed, the number of free trade agreements with labour provisions has increased considerably over the past two decades: 70 trade agreements were concluded in 2016, 58 in 2013, 21 in 2005 and 4 in 1995.
(Note 1) Free trade agreements increasingly focus on ILO instruments in their working clauses, in particular the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998) and, in the case of recent EU agreements, iAO conventions. Since 2013, 80% of the agreements that have come into force have contained such clauses, starting with agreements involving the European Union, the United States and Canada. However, these clauses came up very early. Within the framework of the European Union, for example, the Special Incentive for Sustainable Development and Good Governance (GSP) scheme provides additional benefits to countries implementing certain international human and labour rights standards. Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1992, supplemented in 1994 by the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation (NAALC) (this agreement was fully renegotiated in October 2018), the United States has signed several free trade agreements with countries such as Chile, Jordan, the Republic of Korea, Morocco, Singapore and Central American countries. In these agreements, the signatory states reaffirm their commitment to the ILO and, in particular, to the respect and promotion of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights in the Workplace. More recently, the 2017 Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement refers to the Decent Work Agenda and the ILO`s Declaration on Social Justice for Fair Globalization (2008) as binding standards for the parties, which should also seek to ratify the ILO`s eight core conventions.