Briefing notes, brochures and factsheets on global supply chains

  1. For Journalists: An introduction to the Responsible Supply Chains in Asia (China) Programme

    01 October 2020

    This document is briefing summary of the key elements of the RSCA programme

  2. © MTWTU 2020

    COVID-19 and maritime shipping & fishing

    15 May 2020

    Shipping carries most world trade, and fishing provides essential food. The pandemic impacts the safety and well-being of seafarers and fishers, their ability to join their vessels and return home, and the future of their jobs. Seafarers on cruise ships, which have often barred from entering port, are particularly hard hit. The ILO is working to protect these key maritime workers as the world seeks to protect public health.

  3. © Marcel Crozet/ILO 2020

    COVID-19 and the automotive industry

    07 May 2020

    The automotive industry has been hit by a triple whammy: factory closures, supply chain disruption, and a collapse in demand. Just-in-time manufacturing processes have propagated the impact across the globe. Small and medium enterprises are among those hardest hit and millions of jobs are at risk. Automakers are key to kick-starting the global economy. Not only by producing life-saving ventilators and facemasks. Sustainable industrial policies and targeted support and are key to a lasting recovery – to building back better – with decent work for more women and men.

  4. © M. Fossat / ILO 2020

    COVID-19 and the impact on agriculture and food security

    20 April 2020

    While working to feed the world, many agricultural workers are unable to lift themselves out of poverty and food insecurity. As the pandemic spreads, the continued functioning of food supply chains is crucial in preventing a food crisis and reducing the negative impact on the global economy. Coordinated policy responses are needed to support agribusiness and the livelihoods and working conditions of millions of agricultural workers in line with relevant international labour standards.

  5. © BetterWork 2020

    COVID-19 and the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries

    09 April 2020

    The viability of the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries is unravelling, as workers are told to stay at home, factories close, and global supply chains grind to a halt. The cancellation of orders has hit thousands of firms and millions of workers particularly hard. We urgently need solidarity and joint action across the industries’ supply chains. The ILO is committed to supporting governments in protecting the health and economic well-being of workers and businesses in the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries.

  6. Accelerating tourism’s impact on jobs

    08 April 2020

    Lessons from market system analysis in seven countries

  7. ILO 'Better Work' guidelines for factories in the garment sector

    02 April 2020

  8. Responsible Business: Key messages from International Instruments

    18 October 2019

    Three instruments have become the key reference points for responsible business: The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (ILO MNE Declaration), the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD MNE Guidelines) and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles). This brochure provides an overview of their respective functions, common elements and describes how they work together to help businesses implement responsible business practices.

  9. Responsible Supply Chains in Asia: Project Fact Sheet

    06 May 2019

    The Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme is funded by the European Union (EU), and jointly implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

  10. Ethical Trading Initiative supports SCORE Training in global supply chains

    27 September 2017