Getting Beyond Tier 1

Using a systems approach to improve working conditions in global supply chains

Engaging with suppliers beyond tier one is particu­larly challenging. But it is vital, as the biggest social and environmental risks often lie hidden further down the supply chain. The ILO Lab has been using a systems approach to understand how to better reach small and medium enterprises at scale, in a way that builds both capacities and incentives to improve working conditions. This brief outlines why a systems approach is important and what the Lab has learned.

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