Towards Fair and Sustainable Global Supply Chains: Promoting Decent Work for Invisible Workers in South Asia – Sri Lanka

The ILO/Japan project “Towards fair and sustainable global supply chains: Promoting formalization and decent work for invisible workers in South Asia” (Sustainable Global Supply Chains in South Asia) aims to contribute to the development of ethical and sustainable global supply chains.

Overall objective of project

Decent work for workers at the lower tiers of global supply chains, including workers in the informal economy and home-based workers

Specific Project Objectives

To contribute to the development of ethical and sustainable global supply chains where those engaged in global supply chains, especially at the lower tiers of supply chains such as home-based workers, sub-contractors, and micro, small and medium enterprises in the informal economy enjoy decent work in South Asia

Target Beneficiaries

Government, Employers, Unions, Home-Based Workers associations

Strategies

  • Develop successful models to promote decent work and the transition from the informal to the formal economy, through integrated approaches, in selected global supply chains.
  • Advocate for improved policies and regulations to promote decent work for those engaged in the lower tiers of global supply chains.
  • Generate evidence-based data on employment relationships and working conditions of home-based workers and other actors such as sub-contractors in selected supply chains and sharing knowledge and lessons learned with key stakeholders.
  • Strengthen the capacities of the key stakeholders to promote decent work in global supply chains.
  • Develop Policies and Programmes to promote and protect the rights of home-based workers and other informal economy workers and advocate for their adoption in collaboration with various stakeholders.

Expected results

  • Improved and effective implementation of policies/regulations to promote decent work for home-based workers’ and other informal economy workers’ and units engaged in global supply chains.
  • Strengthened governance to promote decent work and contribute to the development of ethical and sustainable supply chains especially at the local levels.
  • Improved living and working conditions of home-based workers and other informal economy workers’ engaged in selected supply chains
This project contributes to Sri Lanka DWCP 2018-2022 Outcome 2.3 (Laws and policies are modernised to respond to diverse and evolving forms of work) and ILO P&B 2020-2021 Indicator 4.3.1 (Number of member States that have put in place measures that aim to facilitate the transition of enterprises and the workers they employ to formality) and 7.4.2 (Number of countries with a validated diagnosis of the informal economy and/or policies, regulations or compliance mechanisms to support the transition to formality of informal workers in formal enterprises or in households)