The VZF global and country teams have redoubled efforts to strengthen OSH protection measures to ensure that workers, employers and their families in the garment and agriculture value chains in VZF target countries are protected from the direct and indirect health risks of COVID-19.
The Vision Zero Fund is part of a comprehensive ILO programme on advancing inclusive industrialization in the garment and textile industry in Ethiopia. A recent ministerial discussion on Decent Jobs in global supply chains in Addis Ababa brought together global brands and social partners to discuss their role in ensuring a safe and sustainable work environment for the growing industry.
This event was an opportunity for the VZF to showcase achievements, highlight challenges, and detail future plans.
To address the various health risks associated with agricultural practices and maximize cropping, the Vision Zero Fund project in Myanmar is working with farmers and their communities to equip them with better information on occupational safety and health and the safe use of agrochemicals.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao PDR and the ILO signed a Cooperation Agreement to start a new VZF project designed to improve occupational safety and health in Lao PDR supply chains.
Assessment of drivers and constraints for OSH improvement in global value chains and intervention design
The present Starterkit provides guidance to development professionals in charge of projects that aim at improving occupational safety and health in global value chains.
Making Global Supply Chains Safer
The Vision Zero Fund (VZF) brings together governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, companies, and other stakeholders to jointly advance towards the vision of achieving zero severe and fatal work-related accidents, injuries and diseases in global supply chains.
VZF works at global, country and workplace levels, seeking to strengthen the worldwide enabling environment for safe and healthy working conditions; improve national legal and policy frameworks; and implement more effective prevention, protection and compensation mechanisms for women and men working in targeted supply chains, in particular in the world’s least developed countries. Currently, VZF operates in eight countries and in two supply chains: garment and agriculture.
One important component of the Vision Zero Fund is to advance a knowledge strategy on safety and health in global supply chains and to support the development of methodologies for collecting reliable data on occupational injuries and diseases.
VZF is an initiative of the G7, endorsed by the G20. Donors include the European Commission, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. In 2017, Siemens became the first private sector donor to join the Fund. It is administered and implemented by the International Labour Organization.
"The Vision Zero Fund will help prevent and reduce the unacceptable number of workplace-related deaths, injuries and diseases. Gaining access to global supply chains can be an important part of strategies for poverty reduction. The Fund will help to make this route safer."ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the G7 announcement of the Vision Zero Fund
Reports & Publications
- Guide for the prevention and mitigation of Covid-19 in agriculture
- Drivers and constraints for occupational safety and health improvement in the coffee global value chain from Mexico
- Occupational Safety & Health in Global Chains – Starterkit
- Occupational Safety and Health within Sustainable Sourcing Policies of Multinational Enterprises