G7 agrees to improve working conditions in global supply chains, highlighting Better Work

At the end of a two-day meeting in Berlin, the G7 ministers of Employment, Labour, Social Affairs, International Cooperation and Development today agreed a joint action plan to mobilize their resources and political leadership to boost labour rights and decent working conditions in global supply chains.

One such measure will be the Vision Zero Fund which aims to reduce and prevent workplace related deaths, serious injuries and diseases in global supply chains. The International Labour Organization (ILO) will play a leading implementation role to push for the application of ILO standards on occupational safety and health and ILO fundamental principles and rights at work in global supply chains, and the use of social dialogue in the process.

ILO and Better Work programmes were recognized as offering tools and approaches to build up and bolster safer and healthier workplaces. Better Work was also mentioned as a programme that could support sustainable textile and garment production in developing countries.

This public commitment and call to action to create fair production conditions in global supply chains from the world’s leading economies represents a moment of critical importance. We applaud this development and commit to work closely with the ILO and International Finance Cooperation to support the delivery of these goals.

Please see the press releases and statements below for more details.

> Read the G7 Ministers’ Communiqué

> Read the ILO Press Release