Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.


The Sectoral Policies Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.


  1. Sustainable supply chains to build forward better

    Viet Nam’s electronics supply chain: Decent work challenges and opportunities

    16 January 2023

    The report assesses the electronics industry in Viet Nam, the largest export sector and one of the largest employers in Viet Nam, with the aim of understanding opportunities and challenges for advancing decent work during the post-COVID-19 recovery period.

  2. Publication

    The Future of Work in the Arts and Entertainment Sector

    12 January 2023

    Report for the Technical Meeting on the Future of Work in the Arts and Entertainment sector (Geneva, 13–17 February 2023)

  3. Publication

    Learning from Crisis: Apparel industry experts on mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic and future crisis

    06 January 2023

    The opportunities and challenges identified by industry actors in the focus group discussions and presented in this paper indicate how to move towards an inclusive and sustainable apparel sector.


  1. Publication

    Digitalization and the Future of Work in the Chemical Industry in Germany

    21 December 2022

    An important contribution to the growing knowledge base on technological change and digital transitions and the ways in which constituents can shape a future that works for all in the industry.

  2. Sustainable supply chains to build forward better

    Deep-dive research into decent work challenges and opportunities in Namibia’s fishing supply chain

    08 December 2022

    This report provides an evidence base to support government and industry stakeholders in developing tools and policy advice and capacity-building initiatives to advance decent work in response to the COVID-19 crisis, making supply chains more resilient, fair and sustainable.

  3. Publication

    Presentation of the International Energy Agency

    29 November 2022

  4. Publication

    Presentation of the International Renewable Energy Agency

    29 November 2022

  5. Publication

    Presentation of the Office report

    29 November 2022

  6. Publication

    Contribution of the forest sector to total employment in national economies - Estimating the number of people employed in the forest sector

    25 November 2022

    This study employs a new method to fill the gaps of missing data points in order to provide sound total employment estimates in the forest sector on a global scale.

  7. Publication

    The future of work in the oil and gas industry: Opportunities and challenges for a just transition to a future of work that contributes to sustainable development

    31 October 2022