Studies on Growth with Equity

Handbook on assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements

This publication provides a short analysis on the design, scope, implementation and effectiveness of labour provisions in a practical and accessible manner.

Labour provisions have become more commonplace in trade agreements and increasingly comprehensive in their scope. The Handbook provides practical information in a format geared towards non-specialist audiences focusing on different approaches regarding the content and implementation mechanisms of labour provisions (including technical cooperation and dialogue).

In this regard, the Handbook presents different case-studies, with particular focus on implementation of the labour provisions, specific effects, and challenges. Particularly, it emphasizes the importance of stakeholders’ involvement in the implementation of the provisions.

In addition, the Handbook explores other areas related to trade and labour, such as global supply chains, corporate social responsibility provisions in trade agreements and gender considerations.