The Bureau of the Association, which has a three-year mandate, constitutes the administrative authority of the ISSA. It is composed of the President of the ISSA, the Treasurer, the Secretary General, and elected members representing the different geographical regions of the world.
The Council constitutes the electoral body of the Association, composed of the titular delegates of each country in which the ISSA has at least one affiliate member, with each of these countries having one titular delegate.
The General Assembly, actually the constituent assembly of the Association, is the highest statutory body, in which all members of the ISSA are directly represented.
The Control Commission examines the financial records of the Association and the annual report and statements presented to the Bureau by the Treasurer, and verifies that all financial transactions have been carried out in conformity with the Financial Regulations. The Control Commission submits a report to the Bureau on its findings and makes observations and recommendations.
Contribution collection and compliance are key administrative functions of social security institutions. The performance of institutions with regard to the collection of contribution has a direct impact on the financial sustainability and coverage of social security schemes and is therefore a key priority of the ISSA strategy on the extension of social security coverage. A lack of compliance undermines the social legitimacy of schemes and hampers the reaching of the objectives of social security schemes.
Unemployment insurance is increasingly recognized as being not just a compensation system but also a tool of employment policy and vocational rehabilitation, and a means of supporting social cohesion and economic growth.
Demographic and social changes have led, in most countries, to a change in family structures, with a trend towards nuclear families and households and the emergence of new, atypical family patterns, including compound families, single parent families, etc.
Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a strategic role in the implementation of social security programmes, enabling both the automation of specific processes and the transformation of operations and services.
Occupational diseases are posing an ever-increasing challenge to workers' compensation systems. The vast majority of all occupational claims are due to work-related diseases.
The investment of social security funds is increasingly challenging, with a rapidly changing external environment and a complexity of investment choices facing many members.
Health systems are facing growing challenges. While health costs tend to rise due to the higher costs of technologies and drugs, as well as the prevalence of non-communicable diseases which on average involve longer term care, budgets are facing harsh cutbacks.
Historically, mutual aid was a foundation of social welfare in many countries. Nowadays, mutual benefit societies, as a complement to national social security systems, provide solutions to the challenges faced by these systems, whatever their level of development.
Demographic and social changes in many countries have led to an increase in the dependency ratio, with a trend towards multipillar patterns, the emergence of new private schemes, including notional accounts, defined contributions and new funded systems.
How a social security programme is administered largely reflects the country's particular political, social, economic and cultural history. There is common recognition, however, that the goal is to deliver the promised benefits and services to the right person at the right time and to ensure that what is delivered is responsive to the evolving needs of the individual and society.
The Technical Commission on Social Security Policy Analysis and Research aims to assist members by analysing policy in different areas, assessing the economic and social impact of social security, and anticipating future changes which will influence the environment in which schemes operate and impact on the ability of social security systems to meet their objectives.
Statistical, actuarial and financial issues are central to a well-governed and sustainable social security organization, and have long been on the ISSA agenda.
For social security organizations, prevention – alongside compensation and rehabilitation – has always played a key role in considerations of providing a safety net for the insured.
The Special Commission on Prevention is composed of 13 international prevention sections, each of which has its own work plan and contributes to the Special Commission's broader work plan, which aligns with ISSA triennial priorities. The Special Commission coordinates the joint activities of the international sections in the field of prevention of occupational risks, as well as other prevention activities of the ISSA.