Briefing notes, brochures and factsheets on supply chains

  1. COVID-19, vaccinations and consumer demand: How jobs are affected through global supply chains

    22 June 2021

    COVID-19 led to a severe decline in global consumer demand that has only recovered partially in most countries so far. This brief assesses the number of jobs in global supply chains that are experiencing a negative impact due to the decline on consumer demand for manufacturing products worldwide.

  2. The linkages between international labour standards, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights

    17 June 2021

  3. Leveraging Japan’s role as a major investor to promote responsible labour practices in global supply chains

    01 April 2021

  4. SCORE Training - Promoting the capacity of suppliers in global supply chains

    07 December 2020

  5. 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

  6. © MTWTU 2021

    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.

  7. © Marcel Crozet/ILO 2021

    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.

  8. © M. Fossat / ILO 2021

    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.

  9. © BetterWork 2021

    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.

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

    02 April 2020