Decent Work in Global Supply Chains: Mapping the Work of the International Labour Organization

  • Valentina GradoEmail author
Part of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law book series (EUROYEAR, volume 10)


Global business production nowadays functions through so-called global supply chains (GSCs). The latter encompass a broad range of commercial activities that span over the design, production and distribution of goods and services to consumer markets. Although GSCs have created millions of jobs and opportunities for economic and social development, they have been at the same time in the public spotlight due to both their several and serious disregards of labour standards and the significant decent work challenges they pose. This chapter assesses the activities undertaken by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the crucial topic of decent work in GSCs. First, it illustrates and critically analyses the work of the (2016) 105th Session of the International Labour Conference dealing with this issue. Second, it describes and discusses the further significant instruments adopted by the Governing Body to ensure decent work in GSCs, including respect for international labour standards. Finally, it evaluates the adequacy of the recent and foreseen ILO’s initiatives in the field of GSCs in delivering better labour conditions for workers within them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Naples L’OrientaleNaplesItaly

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