The world of work is being profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not just a global health crisis but also a labour and economic crisis. The ILO calls for urgent and significant policy and action responses to protect both workers and enterprises.
Global supply chains contribute significantly to economic growth. At the same time, global supply chains confront challenges in production and issues related to labour rights and the environment. As a practical training and workplace improvement programme to increase the productivity of SMEs and promote respect for workers’ rights, SCORE has taken solid actions to equip enterprises with the knowledge and necessary tools to tackle the challenges of promoting decent work in supply chains.
The conference convened key players from international organizations, national employer organizations, national associations, initiatives in global supply chains, training service providers and MNEs. Discussions centered on how to deal with short-term and long-term supply chain pressures, strengthen flexibility and resilience of supply chains, and prevent supply chain risks through capacity building of a responsible supply chain management system. These discussions are crucial to shape a future of decent work for all through a human-centred approach that focuses on increasing investments in people’s capabilities, in institutions of work, and in decent and sustainable work.
“Global supply chains have created millions of jobs and contribute to poverty reduction in many countries. The COVID pandemic is having a devastating impact around the world. Global supply chains that are at the forefront of cross-border economic exchanges and indeed at the forefront of globalization have been strongly hit by the pandemic. The COVID crisis has somehow intensified the debate on sustainability in supply chains. I believe that global supply chains are at the center of any sustainable recovery. The pandemic could be an opportunity to generate ideas on how to make supply chains more sustainable, how to address the pitfalls and build on the positive results. The ILO is also committed to encourage recovery from this crisis as fairer and more sustainable.”
- Ms. Claire Courteille-Mulder, Director, ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia
Through this conference, the representatives from different international organizations, employers' associations, multinational companies and service providers were invited to share their own experiences in supply chain training projects. Participants discussed the value, challenges and opportunities of sustainable development of supply chains through a participatory approach. Participants also discussed the efficiency, institutional sustainability, module innovation and business process of the SCORE Programme, and put forward development suggestions for the cooperation elements of sustainable supply chain training projects. All participants called on activities to focus on the most vulnerable workers and enterprises in supply chains which have been hardest hit by the pandemic, to invest in people’s capabilities, and in the institutions of work, to promote decent, sustainable and responsible work and business environment of the future.