Governance and Tripartism Department

Multilateral approaches to global supply chains

This paper is an update of the 2016 International Labour Organization (ILO) Working Paper Multilateral Approaches to Global Supply Chains. The original paper served as an input for the 2016 International Labour Conference discussion on decent work in global supply chains.

The current version, which covers 2016 to 2019, also served as an input for the ILO background report for the Technical Meeting on Achieving Decent Work in Global Supply Chains held February 25-28, 2020. The paper provides an overview of existing initiatives related to decent working conditions in global supply chains implemented by key economic institutions, agencies of the United Nations, and selected regional organizations. Special attention is paid to the evolution (if any) of approaches to supply chain governance.