News and events on global supply chains

October 2020

  1. © Fahad Abdullah Kaizer/UN Women 2020

    Asia-Pacific garment industry suffers as COVID-19 impact ripples through supply chain

    21 October 2020

    Collapsing consumer demand, government lockdown measures and disruptions to raw material imports have taken their toll on the Asia Pacific garment industry, says a new ILO report.

  2. International labour standards and corporate social responsibility: the labour dimension of human rights due diligence

    19 October - 13 November 2020

    Online course aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to understand the principles of international labour standards as they relate to company operations (including due diligence related to labour rights) and how those principles can be most effectively implemented in company operations.

June 2020

  1. UN virtual forum on responsible business and human rights in Asia and the Pacific: New challenges, new approaches

    9 - 11 June 2020

    Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the VRBHR Forum will convene stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region to take stock of progress and discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing responsible business and human rights in the region. It will explore how existing vulnerabilities have been amplified and exposed by the crisis and discuss the need to view the crisis as an opportunity to drive change and build back better.

April 2020

  1. Assessing market opportunities in East Darfur and West Kordofan

    20 April 2020

    In March 2020, the ILO visited West Kordofan and East Darfur to assess opportunities for local economic development.

  2. 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.

February 2020

  1. Market-based livelihood interventions for refugees and host communities

    20 - 24 April 2020

    This training course supports practitioners working with refugee communities in the design of livelihood interventions based on a solid understanding of market trends and demand. It applies the "Making markets work for the poor" (M4P) approach and draws upon the experiences and lessons learnt from the ILO-UNHCR collaboration as well as from ILO projects implementing the approach in different countries.

  2. © ILO 2020

    Forced and child labour in Uzbek cotton fields continues to fall

    05 February 2020

    Systematic and systemic child and forced labour were not used by the Uzbekistan government during the 2019 cotton production cycle, according to a new ILO report.

January 2020

  1. © Bart Versteeg 2020

    Next steps to end child labour in global supply chains

    27 January 2020

    A major conference takes place this week in the Netherlands that aims to set out the next steps in ending child labour in global supply chains. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took part in a panel discussion at the conference, which has been organized by the Dutch government in collaboration with the ILO, the Global March Against Child Labour and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

December 2019

  1. Multinational enterprises, development and decent work: the approach of the MNE Declaration

    11 May - 5 June 2020

    This online course will look at how governments, enterprises and the social partners are encouraged to each put policies in place and engage with each other through dialogue to maximize the positive contribution of multinational enterprises to socio economic development and decent work.

November 2019

  1. Child labour and human trafficking remain important concerns in global supply chains

    12 November 2019

    New estimates of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains are revealed in a report compiled by the ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF – members of the Alliance 8.7 partnership on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.