Action Platform

Decent Work in Global Supply Chains

Explore how respect for human rights and fundamental principles and rights at work are critical to achieving the SDGs

Why Decent Work in Global Supply Chains?

Supply chains continue to be one of the most important levers for business to create positive impact in the world, with an estimated 80% of global trade passing through them annually. Companies that commit to advance decent work in the supply chain can significantly improve the lives of many people — often of those who will benefit the most from sustainable development — and lift millions out of poverty:

  • 25 million people are victims of forced labour
  • 780 million working women and men are not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty
  • Over 150 million children worldwide are engaged in child labour

Take Action on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains

The United Nations Global Compact Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains will build an alliance of companies committed to respecting human rights and fundamental principles and rights at work by leveraging their supply chains and taking collective action to address decent work deficits. This platform will build the case for improving decent work in global supply chains and demonstrate how labour rights and human rights are critical for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The focus will be on fostering leadership, learning and sharing across sectors, establishing good practice, identifying and incubating innovative solutions, and measuring impact. Issues that will be covered include modern slavery, social dialogue and the future of work. By launching a business-led advocacy for workers’ rights and facilitating partnerships and collaboration at the local level, the platform aims to help build a human rights-based approach to the 2030 Agenda.

Join the Decent Work in Global Supply Chains platform to help:
  • Mobilize business to uphold freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced labour and compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Identify and address systemic root causes of human rights violations and decent work deficits in global supply chains
  • Drive innovation and foster cross-cutting solutions to accelerate efforts in realizing the rights of workers, their families and their communities

Platform Activities

Over the course of two years, participants in the Decent Work in Global Supply Chains Action Platform will have an exclusive opportunity to advance respect for human rights and fundamental principles and rights at work through:

Global Roundtable Series
Thought Leadership

Held under the Chatham House Rule, these roundtable meetings will bring business together with relevant UN representatives and experts to foster cross-sector learning, define priorities and set goals related to their decent work efforts. The in-person meetings will also be complemented by an exclusive webinar series and online dialogue.

Build the case for improving decent work in global supply chains, help design more innovative systems to address human rights and labour rights in global supply chains, and contribute to a series of leadership briefs and good practices on the role of business in advancing decent work.

Local action on the SDGs
Global Action on the SDGs

Participate in partnerships and support capacity-building at the local level to advance the SDGs, in particular in relation to modern slavery, worker empowerment and poverty reduction.

Be part of a business-led advocacy effort at the UN to promote and accelerate action to respect human rights and fundamental principles and rights at work in global supply chains.


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    Name Sector Country
    SAP Ariba Software & Computer Services Germany
    NPI Governance Consulting Diversified South Africa
    Pernod Ricard Beverages France
    Valeo Automobiles & Parts France
    A.P. Moller - Maersk Industrial Transportation Denmark