Feature articles


  1. What future for the Asia garment industry post-COVID?

    04 August 2021

    The COVID-19 crisis has hit the global garment industry hard and nowhere has this been felt more than in Asia, where the majority of the industry is based. A new brief from the International Labour Organization looks at what the future holds for the Asian garment sector, how the pandemic is shaping industry trends and the opportunities for a more resilient, sustainable and human-centred future.

  2. 10 years on from the ILO Domestic Workers Convention: What has changed?

    29 July 2021

    Over half of the world’s domestic workers are in Asia and the Pacific. 10 years on from the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), Anna Olsen, Technical Specialist at the International Labour Organization’s TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme, discusses progress made and ongoing challenges for ensuring decent work for domestic workers in the region.

  3. A bridge over troubled water

    09 July 2021

    By André Gama, Social Protection Programme Manager, ILO Viet Nam

  4. Strengthening productivity and OSH through ILO SCORE Training ensured survival during crisis

    08 June 2021

    Faced with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been hard hit. Unprepared and often ill-equipped to deal with the health risks and economic impacts, many were unable to cope with the crisis. Nguyen Phuc Mechanical in Vietnam, facing numerous product quality and productivity challenges, might not have survived the pandemic if it had not invested in SCORE Training before the crisis. Thanks to the improvements implemented in the months preceding the pandemic, the effects of COVID-19 on the company were mitigated.

  5. Effective wage negotiation is key to expanding domestic market as engine for post-pandemic growth

    29 April 2021

    Workers are consumers as well as producers, ILO Viet Nam Director Chang-Hee Lee emphasizes when sharing his thoughts on today’s roles of Viet Nam Trade Union on the occasion of May Day.

  6. Cooperatives - a key path to promote responsible business conduct in Vietnam

    31 March 2021

    The Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme is targeting a key business organisation with training and capacity building.

  7. COVID-19 containment measures heighten wage inequality in Thailand and Viet Nam

    18 February 2021

    Containment measures during 2020 to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to heightened inequality, as evidenced by emerging trends in key wage indicators in Thailand and Viet Nam.


  1. ILO SCORE Training improves productivity and workspace that benefits all

    01 December 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic was raging around the world, the plans of many exporters had to change This case study shows how one company participated in SCORE Training and worked to implement improvements that resulted in significant productivity gains despite grappling with the unknown business environment.

  2. Social dialogue, a key to business survival and resilience in Viet Nam

    13 August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on Viet Nam’s garment, footwear and handbag industry, with almost one-in-four workers losing their jobs. The ILO in Viet Nam has been supporting its partners to foster social dialogue in businesses, to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable workers.

  3. Viet Nam: Adding value through CSR training in wood sector

    28 May 2020

    A training of enterprises seminar highlights the upside for business in improving labour management practices

  4. New normal? Better normal!

    01 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare in the cruellest way, the extraordinary precariousness and injustices of our world of work, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  5. Interviews: Covid-19 in the wood furniture manufacturing sector Viet Nam

    30 April 2020

    We have been keeping in touch with SCORE Trained enterprises around the globe to see how Covid-19 is impacting their business & how they are taking care of workers. Used to looking for ways to overcome challenges, most companies are optimistic that they can survive until we return to a “new normal” in the medium-term. Here, two companies from the wood furniture sector in Viet Nam describe what their businesses and workers are doing to keep going during the Covid-19 pandemic, and how they see their future.

  6. Tackling child labour in Viet Nam through vocational training and educational support

    23 April 2020

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is implementing the Project "Enhancing National Capacity to Prevent and Reduce Child Labour in Viet Nam" (ENHANCE) to assist national level efforts to prevent child labour through awareness-raising, capacity building and direct interventions.

  7. COVID-19 in Vietnam: The unprecedented dual crisis

    15 April 2020

    "If we fail to save people’s livelihoods, we will ultimately fail to protect their life and heath against the virus, and vice versa" explains ILO Viet Nam Director, Chang-Hee Lee, emphasizing the health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  8. Viet Nam can well address labour market challenges

    15 April 2020

    ILO Viet Nam Director Chang-Hee Lee answers some questions on COVID-19's impacts to Viet Nam’s labour market and the roles of social protection and suggests policy resonses.

  9. © Hospital CLÍNIC 2021

    Five ways to protect health workers during the COVID-19 crisis

    01 April 2020

    Health workers and systems are playing a crucial role in the global fight against COVID-19 and special measures are needed to support and protect them.

  10. © Matt Ming 2021

    COVID-19 cruelly highlights inequalities and threatens to deepen them

    30 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating already existing inequalities – from catching the virus, to staying alive, to coping with its dramatic economic consequences. Policy responses must ensure that support reaches the workers and enterprises who need it most.

  11. © Michael Coghlan 2021

    Keys for effective teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic

    26 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that more people than ever before are teleworking – using information and communications technologies to do their work away from the office. ILO Working Time expert, Jon Messenger, explains how to get the best out of teleworking.

  12. Vocational training transforms teenager from street vendor to apprentice in rural Viet Nam

    23 March 2020

    With ILO support, a 14-year-old boy receives life-changing vocational training, enabling him to find a route out of child labour and envision a brighter future for himself and his family.

  13. © P.Q. Hung / UN Women Viet Nam 2021

    Viet Nam’s new Labour Code moves from protecting to empowering women

    07 March 2020

    Vietnamese women have long played an important role in the economy. Now the new Labour Code aims to ensure they receive a fair reward for their contribution, by tackling gender equality and workplace discrimination.