Global supply chains

Supply chains - global, regional, and domestic - are part of the organization of investment, production and trade in today’s global economy. They have made important contributions to economic growth and development and have had a positive impact on job creation.  The emergence of global supply chains has provided new opportunities for many developing countries to participate in global trade, diversify their economies and generate employment. At the same time, production for global supply chains has raised new concerns about working conditions and the protection of workers’ rights.

ILO member States recognized the importance of a global level playing field at its foundation. As pointed out in the preamble to the ILO Constitution: “the failure of any nation to adopt humane conditions of labour is an obstacle in the way of other nations which desire to improve the conditions in their own countries”. International labour standards, enforced by governments, establish the framework for ensuring that relationships between employers and workers are grounded in the fundamental principles and rights at work.

In light of its mandate, expertise and experience, its tripartite structure, its distinct role in the world of work, and its normative approach to development, the ILO seeks to promote dialogue on the opportunities and challenges associated with decent work in domestic and global supply chains, and to identify policies and practices that can best harness their positive potential.