COVID-19​ Enterprises Resources

The world of work is being profoundly affected by the global virus pandemic. The crisis has already transformed into an economic and labour market shock, impacting all businesses regardless of their size. During this difficult time, it is important that jobs are preserved, enterprises remain sustainable, workers and their families affected are protected, in particular the most vulnerable, and those in the informal economy. The ILO Enterprises Department has been monitoring and collecting key information resources available on the functioning of enterprises in the crisis, including its impact on enterprises, responses by enterprises and state policy measures to support affected enterprises. These briefs will be published regularly to provide updated information on actions taken to support enterprises.

Policy recommendations

  1. ENTERPRISES policy brief

    Interventions to support enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery

    This brief presents a range of policy actions to support enterprises in dealing with the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic and response measures. It focuses on actions to enable business continuity and assist enterprises in laying the grounds for recovery, which are critical to mitigate expected massive job losses and pave the way out of the crisis. The brief draws upon policy measures various countries across the globe are developing and implementing during this pandemic.
    (Available in Spanish and French)

  2. ENTERPRISES policy brief

    Restructuring for recovery and resilience in response to the COVID 19 crisis

    This brief provides guidance to companies on good practices on restructuring in response to the COVID-19 crisis, consistent with the provisions of international labour standards. It also suggests actions that employers’ and workers’ organizations can take to support enterprises and workers during restructuring.
    (Available in Spanish and French)


  1. ILO’s intervention at webinar series “Employment and Entrepreneurship for Chinese Youth”

    19 May 2020

    The covid-19 pandemic has a severe impact on global youth employment. This is also true for the 8.74 million Chinese university graduates. The ILO is providing employment and entrepreneurship advice for the Chinese youth.

  2. ILO SCORE Global Covid-19 Enterprise Survey

    18 May 2020

    How are enterprises affected and how can we support them? Survey results from over 1000 enterprises in 8 countries that will guide the ILO SCORE programme response to the global pandemic.

  3. Post Covid-19 & SMEs - What support will be needed?

    15 May 2020

    The COVID 19 pandemic will have a strong effect on labour markets worldwide. Especially in developing economies, where more than 70% of the workforce is in self-employment or works in micro, and small enterprises. Restarting the economy with targeted interventions to support SMEs and job creation will be key once the immediate health crisis is over. 

  4. Mitigating the effects of COVID 19 on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and how can we build back better?

    13 May 2020

    In this third technical virtual roundtable, the ILO Office for the Caribbean discussed the challenges that Caribbean MSMEs are facing due to the containment measures for COVID-19; got insights into what governments and agencies supporting MSMEs are planning and providing to MSMEs to help mitigate the effects; and explored what overall guidance the region can look to with regards to policies and programmes to respond to the crisis and seek to stimulate economic activity that is coherent with a green and just transition and leaving no one behind.

  5. ILO presents its responses to COVID-19 at Geneva Environment Dialogues

    08 May 2020

    The ILO participated in the Geneva Environment Dialogues, organized by Geneva Environment Network, to present ILO's research results on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work, as well as its guiding framework to respond to the crisis.

  6. Handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines: the experience of cooperatives

    05 May 2020

    The Philippines has been in lockdown since March 14. In early April, one of Social Finance's Fellows spoke with two savings and credit cooperatives, to understand how they are coping with the pandemic and are preparing for the future.

  7. Policy response to COVID-19 for SSE enterprises in the Republic of Korea

    24 April 2020

    The Korean Government has taken an immediate policy response to support social and solidarity economy (SSE) enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  8. Britam Microinsurance: Dealing with and planning for immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19

    21 April 2020

    How does an inclusive insurance company deal with the impact of COVID-19? Social Finance sat down with Britam Microinsurance to talk about the current situation in Kenya and the plans they are making for the long-term.

  9. Preliminary analysis of a garment industry survey in Ethiopia on COVID-19 impact

    16 April 2020

    The ILO conducted 20 semi-structured interviews with managers from garment and textile factories in Ethiopia from 1-3 April 2020. Presented here are preliminary summary results from the conversations.

  10. How Zhejiang Communication Construction Ltd. (CICO) is using SCORE Training to keep workers safe

    16 April 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted small and medium-sized enterprises all over the world. This case study explores how an enterprise in Zhejiang, China is using SCORE Training to ensure worker safety during these challenging times.

  11. Conducting enterprise surveys during the Covid-19 crisis

    07 April 2020

    This guidance and survey template is designed to help the ILO Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Programme to gather information from enterprises that are participating in SCORE Training on the impact of Covid-19. 

  12. Family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19: Key steps employers can take

    02 April 2020

    This document offers (interim) recommendations for employers to mitigate the negative consequences stemming from COVID-19.

  13. Cooperatives and SSE enterprises respond to COVID-19 disruptions, while governments are also starting to integrate them in their measures

    31 March 2020

    Cooperatives and other SSE enterprises around the world are being affected by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in various ways to protect workers, members, users and wider communities. While some governments have begun to integrate cooperatives, their members, workers and the wider SSE in their emergency response strategies, there is still room for growth.

  14. SCORE Academy to offer online training to Amazon’s supplier in China during COVID-19 outbreak

    19 March 2020

    SCORE Academy has launched a series of online courses and counseling for Amazon suppliers to reduce the impact of the epidemic and ensure the scheduled implementation of the project.