Briefing notes, brochures and factsheets on supply chains

  1. © BetterWork 2023

    COVID-19 and the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries

    09 April 2020

    The viability of the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries is unravelling, as workers are told to stay at home, factories close, and global supply chains grind to a halt. The cancellation of orders has hit thousands of firms and millions of workers particularly hard. We urgently need solidarity and joint action across the industries’ supply chains. The ILO is committed to supporting governments in protecting the health and economic well-being of workers and businesses in the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries.

  2. ILO 'Better Work' guidelines for factories in the garment sector

    02 April 2020

  3. Responsible Business: Key messages from International Instruments

    18 October 2019

    Three instruments have become the key reference points for responsible business: The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (ILO MNE Declaration), the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD MNE Guidelines) and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles). This brochure provides an overview of their respective functions, common elements and describes how they work together to help businesses implement responsible business practices.

  4. Responsible Supply Chains in Asia: Project Fact Sheet

    06 May 2019

    The Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme is funded by the European Union (EU), and jointly implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

  5. Responsible Business: Key Messages from International Instruments

    10 October 2018

  6. The ILO MNE Declaration: What’s in it for Workers?

    01 May 2018

    The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) was negotiated and adopted by governments, employers and workers in 1977. It is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance on how companies can contribute to the realization of decent work for all and highlights the central role of freedom of association and collective bargaining as well as industrial relations and social dialogue.

  7. Ethical Trading Initiative supports SCORE Training in global supply chains

    27 September 2017

  8. Garment Factory Characteristics and Workplace Sexual Harassment

    09 August 2017

  9. Purchasing practices and working conditions in global supply chains: Global Survey results

    09 June 2017

  10. Inclusive business practices in Africa's extractive industries

    02 June 2016

    The policy note presents key factors contributing to inclusive growth linked to the extractive industries in Africa, reflecting on the distinctive yet complementary roles of governments and multinational enterprises. The document considers the types of economic linkages to local communities and national economies that contribute towards employment, enterprise development, infrastructure, and ultimately to the economic transformation required for sustainable development. The factors are explained with reference to lessons learned from African countries at various stages of development of their mining, oil and gas sectors.