Reports and working papers on global supply chains

  1. Health workforce: A global supply chain approach. New data on the employment effects of health economies in 185 countries.

    08 December 2016

    This paper provides evidence that investments in health protection not only impact on the achievement of health objectives, but also create an important source of employment across numerous economic sectors.

  2. Formalizing domestic work

    05 December 2016

    Many countries around the world are at the onset of a care crisis: with the ageing of the population, and continually increasing rates of female labour participation, families are increasingly turning to domestic workers to care for their homes, children, and ageing parents. While an increasing share of domestic work is part of the formal economy, domestic work remains one of the sectors with the highest share of informal employment. This new ILO report calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

  3. Decent work for migrant domestic workers: Moving the agenda forward

    24 November 2016

    This report is part of a broader ILO strategy to promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers. It builds on knowledge generated in the context of the European Union-funded Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families (2013–2016).

  4. Post-crisis social dialogue in Spain: The calm after the storm

    01 November 2016

    This study examines the challenges facing tripartite social dialogue in Spain and its potential for revitalization following the timid steps taken by successive governments and the social partners. The authors contrast this situation to the resilience of bipartite social dialogue between trade unions and employer organizations, and the positive contribution it made to coordinating collective bargaining through this difficult economic and political period. The report highlights a number of good practices in seeking to re-launch tripartite social dialogue, including a 2014 Declaration of Intent signed by trade unions, employers’ organizations and the government, and a pact on employment activation policies for the long-term unemployed. These achievements are promising, although additional efforts are needed to fully revitalize social dialogue and contribute to a stronger economic and labour market recovery. The paper considers also the role of social dialogue in key policy issues such as labour market and pension reforms, and the formulation and implementation of National Reform Programmes in the context of the European Semester.

  5. Redistributing value added towards labour in apparel supply chains: Tackling low wages through purchasing practices

    07 October 2016

  6. Programme on responsible business in Myanmar (Final Evaluation Summary)

    07 September 2016

    Project: MMR/13/14/DAN - Evaluation Consultant: Christian Schoen

  7. Age verification - Protection for unregistered children from child labour

    24 May 2016

    The focus of this research is on the role of age verification in eliminating child labour. The paper contrasts the duty and means to determine an individual’s age of States against those of private enterprises.

  8. Employment, wages and working conditions in Asia's garment sector: Finding new drivers of competitiveness

    18 November 2015

    This paper presents regional trends and national estimates of exports, employment, wages, productivity and working time in the garment, textile and footwear industries in developing Asia and the Pacific.

  9. Myanmar garment sub-sector value chain analysis

    15 September 2015

    Following the repeal of European and American export sanctions on Myanmar, the country’s garment sector is now experiencing new levels of growth. The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) reports that new garment factories are opened every week, and the number of workers involved in the industry is forecasted to grow from the current 260,000 employees to 600,0001 in the next three years.

  10. Combating the worst forms of child labour in shrimp and seafood processing areas of Thailand (Final evaluation summary)

    01 July 2015

    Project: THA/10/50/USA - Evaluation Consultants: Amy Catherine Jersild, Nantaporn Ieumwananonthachai and Piyanut Kotsan