Thematic analysis and practical advice

  1. COVID-19 and multinational enterprises: Impacts on FDI, trade and decent work in Asia and the Pacific

    08 April 2021

    Multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their supply chains have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis, with millions of workers suffering adverse impacts. This brief provides evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on FDI and trade in Asia and the Pacific. The brief also discusses the impact on MNEs and decent work and highlights how social dialogue can inform the design and implementation of policies to ensure a human-centred recovery.

  2. Protect the mental health of health and care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic

    07 April 2021

    Health and care workers have been at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year. It has resulted in heavier workloads and longer working hours, with insufficient time for rest and recuperation while continuously being exposed to the risk of infection. In addition, many face violence, harassment and stigmatization as they try to do their jobs. All this is taking a toll on health workers’ mental health and wellbeing.

  3. Recovering towards a human-centred future of work in Asia and the Pacific

    01 April 2021

    As the COVID-19 crisis lengthens and continues to impact on labour markets, countries have the potential to think big in efforts to revitalize their sustainable growth objectives and push forth durable solutions that will promote a fair, inclusive and secure future of work. This short document summarizes the elements of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work that can help governments and social partners to navigate the crisis towards a human-centred future of work.

  4. From potential to practice: Preliminary findings on the numbers of workers working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

    31 March 2021

  5. Celebrity voices, true stories of modern slavery

    31 March 2021

    More than 50 countries have now ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, meeting the target set for the 50 for Freedom campaign, which urges governments to take action on forced labour. Since the campaign was launched, a number of celebrity advocates have told the harrowing stories of people trapped in modern slavery in order to raise awareness of the issue. Listen to some of their stories.

  6. Key findings: Skills development in the time of COVID-19: Taking stock of the initial responses in technical and vocational education and training

    26 March 2021

  7. COVID-19 heroes of the road

    19 March 2021

    The road transport industry has been badly hit by the COVID-19 crisis, including its truck drivers. Urgent action is critical, to address the industry’s decent work and liquidity concerns.

  8. Sophia Loren: Time to remove the barriers women face in the world of work

    08 March 2021

    Iconic actor Sophia Loren calls for stronger social security policies, advancing women in leadership roles and more action to build a better future of work.

  9. Summary and key recommendations - From crisis to opportunity for sustainable peace: A joint perspective on responding to the health, employment and peacebuilding challenges in times of COVID-19

    25 February 2021

  10. The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work

    23 February 2021

    This report examines how digital labour platforms are transforming the world of work and how that affects employers and workers. It focuses on two main types of digital labour platform: online web-based platforms, where tasks are performed online and remotely by workers, and location-based platforms, where tasks are performed at a specified physical location by individuals, such as taxi drivers and delivery workers.

  11. ILO Director-General calls for greater equality on World Day of Social Justice

    19 February 2021

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls for global solidarity to support the vaccine roll-out and economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, in his message for World Day of Social Justice.

  12. Interview with Ms Erika Liévano

    19 February 2021

    Ms Erika Liévano, Chairperson of the ILO technical meeting on the future of work in the automotive industry (15-19 February 2021), shares her views on the changes the sector is undergoing and her experience chairing the first virtual sectoral meeting.

  13. COVID-19, labour market slack and what it means for recovery

    19 February 2021

    This brief quantifies the extent of increased labour market slack in the Asia–Pacific region resulting from the Covid-19 crisis and examines what this means for the welfare of impacted workers and economies struggling to navigate recovery.

  14. Where next for the automotive industry?

    19 February 2021

    The automotive industry is faced with disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, trade disputes and a digital revolution, as well as concerns about the industry’s environmental footprint and working conditions in its complex supply chains.

  15. A circular economy can promote decent work

    16 February 2021

    COVID-19 has shown that health, decent work and environmental sustainability are strongly linked. The principles of the circular economy – repair, re-use and recycle – are key to achieving sustainable supply chains and can help promote decent work.

  16. Construction: Building blocks to recovery after crisis

    28 January 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the construction sector, which is sensitive to economic cycles. Yet, construction holds much potential to stimulate recovery, thanks to its potential to create jobs. Recovery measures can support the sector’s transformation towards sustainability and digitalization.

  17. Protecting the life and health of workers during the COVID 19 pandemic: Overview of national legislative and policy responses

    26 January 2021

    The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the cardinal importance of protecting health and safety in the workplace. ILO Member States are responding, through legislative and policy measures in the world of work, to the occupational health and safety issues raised by this extraordinary situation. This Brief provides examples of laws and policies from 35 countries and territories that are relevant to understanding how workers’ safety and health have been upheld during the crisis.

  18. Application of International Labour Standards in times of crisis: the importance of international labour standards and effective and authoritative supervision in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

    26 January 2021

    Extracts of the General Report of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) at its 91st session (Nov-Dec. 2020)

  19. ILO and FAO join forces to keep logging safe

    26 January 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on logging operations around the world, with direct and serious implications for workers and enterprises. As economic activities restart, companies and workers must find ways to adapt to new realities. The ILO and FAO have joined forces and released a practical and participatory checklist to help companies, workers and customers stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, while mitigating the social economic impact of COVID-19.

  20. General observation on the application of the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182)

    25 January 2021

    Adopted by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) at its 91st session (Nov. - Dec. 2020)