Vision Zero Fund – Collective Action for Safe and Healthy Supply Chains

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Date published
30 Oct 2020
Infrastructure, Livelihoods, Protection, human rights & security, COVID-19
International Labour Organization (ILO)

At the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO) underlined that between 60 and 80 percent of global trade involves global production networks called “global supply chains” (GSCs) in which goods cross borders from suppliers to end users. Research suggests the existence of conditions that increase occupational safety and health (OSH) risks for workplaces connected to GSCs, due to the transfer of work from high income countries with well-resourced enforcement and support functions for safety and health, to lower income countries that have limited resources, legislative frameworks and enforcement and support mechanisms, and that rely more heavily on “non-standard” forms of work often associated with adverse OSH outcomes, including higher injury rates, poor physical health, poor mental health, and occupational violence.