Action Platform

Decent Work in Global Supply Chains

Help address critical failures within global supply chains and take action to ensure fundamental human rights and labour rights.

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 are committed to take action 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 could lift millions out of poverty:

  • Almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour
  • 780 million women and men who are working, but not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty
  • An estimated 150 million children worldwide are engaged in child labour

Take Action on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains

The UN Global Compact’s Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains will build an alliance of companies committed to taking action to advance decent work in the supply chain and to inspire and advocate for change at scale. This platform will identify and highlight relevant standards, initiatives and good practices, and develop thought leadership. The focus will be on enhancing social dialogue, ensuring fair wages and ending child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. 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 pinpoint the biggest challenges and address decent work deficits
  • Contribute to key UN, international and national processes on sustainable development and decent work
  • Manage human rights and labour impacts and strengthen the impact and reach of your company’s decent work efforts
  • Collaborate with peers, partners and experts to identify and develop new solutions to address poor working conditions and human rights violations

Platform Activities

Over the course of 2 years, participants in the Decent Work in Global Supply Chains platform will have an exclusive opportunity to advance international human rights policies and define leadership through:

Global Roundtable Series
Knowledge Series

Held under Chatham House Rules, these roundtable meetings will bring business together with relevant UN representatives and experts to define priorities and set goals related to their decent work efforts.

Gain access to country briefs that will provide an overview of salient decent work issues, government priorities and analysis on company responses, as well as a series of thought leadership briefs on the role of business in advancing decent work.

Local action on the SDGs
Global action on the SDGs

Participate in collective action and partnerships at the local level to advance the SDGs, in particular in relation to forced labour, worker empowerment and poverty reduction.

Be part of a business-led advocacy effort at the UN to promote and accelerate action to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.


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