How to Improve Safety and Health in Global Supply Chains


Each year, 2.78 million workers die from work-related accidents and diseases, and an additional 374 million workers are victims of non-fatal accidents. That equates to 7,500 worker fatalities every day as a result of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. While Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) hazards are intrinsic to all workplaces, whether part of global supply chains or not, certain conditions increase OSH risks for workplaces that are connected to global supply chains. The COVID-19 pandemic and its related financial consequences are a reminder that a healthy workforce is good for business — and essential to building resilient supply chains which can be linked to improved performance and profitability.

Join this Academy session to learn from experts what actions can be taken to improve the health and safety of workers in global supply chains — ensuring that no one is left behind and all workers are able to enjoy decent working conditions.


  • Ockert Dupper, Global Programme Manager, VZF, ILO 
  • Anne-Marie La Rosa, Senior Policy, Legal and Labour Rights Specialist, ILO
  • Masarrat Quader Syeda, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs Manager, H&M
  • Neil McFarlane, Senior Vice President, Global Quality, Health, Safety Security & Environment, Firmenich
  • Mohammed Zahidullah, Chief Sustainability Officer, DBL Group
  • Special Remarks from Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Special remarks from Matthias Thorns, Deputy Secretary General, International Organization of Employers
  • Moderator: Vic Van Vuuren, Director Enterprise Department, ILO