Business and COVID-19

The consequences of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak are unprecedented and felt around the world. The world of work is being profoundly affected by the pandemic. In addition to the threat to public health, the economic and social disruption threatens the long-term livelihoods and wellbeing of millions. The pandemic is heavily affecting labour markets, economies and enterprises, including global supply chains, leading to widespread business disruptions.

The ILO and its constituents – Governments, workers and employers – will play a crucial role in combating the outbreak, ensuring the safety of individuals and the sustainability of businesses and jobs.

Practical resources and tools

Managing work-related psychosocial risks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Employers and workers negotiating measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, protect livelihoods and support recovery: A review of practice

ILO Factsheet - Temporary Wage Subsidies

ILO Factsheet - Protection of workers' wage claims in enterprise insolvency

Safe Return to Work: Ten Action Points

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020 - Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives

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

Prevention and Mitigation of COVID-19 at Work ACTION CHECKLIST

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

Video - COVID-19 Protecting Workers: Occupational safety and health tips for workplaces

Persons with disabilities in the COVID-19 response


Webinar recording - Business leadership in disability-inclusive responses to COVID-19, 24 June 2020

Recording of the virtual High-level event - Guiding the COVID-19 response and recovery towards a better normal free from violence and harassment: The role of ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) and Recommendation (No. 206), 19 June 2020

Webinar recording - Business, non-discrimination and gender equality in the time of COVID-19, 29 April 2020

Webinar recording - Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives, 28 April 2020

Webinar recording - Special Academy Session of the UN Global Compact: COVID-19 and the World of Work, 7 April 2020

Webinar recording - Disability Inclusion in COVID-19 responses in the World of Work facilitated by the ILO Global Business and Disability Network, 24 March 2020

Normative guidance

Key provisions of international labour standards relevant to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak

ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) 5th Edition (March 2017)