The ILO's activities are financed by a biennial budget fixed by the International Labour Conference and raised from the governments of member states according to a scale of contributions approved by the conference. The scale ranges from 0.01% for 86 least developed countries (LDCs) to 4.21% for the Russian Federation, 8.93% for Germany, 15.43% for Japan, and 25% for the US. In addition, the ILO receives for its technical assistance programs a share of the funds raised from voluntary government contributions to UNDP.
Expenditures in the amount of US$ 145.7 million had been received by 30 September 2002 for the 2002–2003 year. Total income for that period was US $108.6 million.