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

Launch of Commitments Decent Work

The United Nations Global Compact Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains builds 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 is building 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 lies on fostering leadership, learning and sharing across sectors, establishing good practice, identifying and incubating innovative solutions, and measuring impact. Issues 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 helps build a human rights-based approach to the 2030 Agenda.

Join the Decent Work in Global Supply Chains platform to help:
  • Mobilize business to advance respect for the fundamental principles and rights at work: 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
  • Identify opportunities for decent work including job creation, rights at work, social protection and social dialogue and gender equality.

Platform Activities

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

Commitment to action
Thought Leadership

Be part of a business-led advocacy effort at the UN and take actions to move the needle on addressing decent work deficits in global supply chains and scale efforts to improve worker rights in global supply chains.

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
Global Roundtable Series

Participate in partnerships and support capacity-building at the local level to advance the SDGs on topics such as modern slavery, worker empowerment and poverty reduction.

Held under the Chatham House Rule, these roundtable meetings 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 are also complemented by an exclusive webinar series and online dialogue.


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    Name Sector Country
    A.P. Moller - Maersk Industrial Transportation Denmark
    Firmenich Chemicals Switzerland
    NPI Governance Consulting Diversified South Africa
    Accenture Support Services United States of America
    Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. Technology Hardware & Equipment Japan