105th Session of the ILC
In 2016, the International Labour Conference held a general discussion on decent work in global supply chains, and adopted the Resolution on Decent work in global supply chains. The Resolution highlighted the complexity and promise of achieving decent work in global supply chains, and directed the Office to develop a dedicated programme of action on the topic.
Governing Body decisions
The Resolution concerning Decent work in global supply chains formed the basis for the development of a dedicated Programme of action, which the ILO Governing Body endorsed during its 328th session. The Programme of action sets the priorities for the Office’s work on global supply chains through 2021. At its 341st session in March 2021, the Governing Body directed the Office to take additional steps to support constituents in developing a comprehensive strategy on decent work in supply chains.
The Programme of Action foresaw three dedicated Meetings to assess salient issues related to decent work in global supply chains.
25 - 28 February 2020
12 - 15 February 2019
Tripartite Meeting of Experts to identify possible action to promote decent work and protection of fundamental principles and rights at work for workers in export processing zones (EPZs)
21 - 23 November 2017
Standards and instruments
International labour standards cover all aspects of work – whether in production for a supply chain or not. The eight fundamental Conventions and the four governance (or priority) Conventions all apply to work. The same is true of standards relating to wages, working time, OSH and social security – all areas where challenges have been identified in the context of production for supply chains. While all labour standards are meant to apply in practice to employers and workers, including those engaged in production for supply chains, they are not designed specifically for that context. The Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy is an expression of tripartite, global consensus on how to address the challenges that arise from the prominent role of multinational enterprises in globalization, including in the context of supply chains.