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Government policy and workers’ rights

OECD: Country Policy Tracker

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What are countries doing to contain the spread of the coronavirus? How are countries helping people, small businesses and the economy to weather the crisis and beyond? OECD’s Country Policy Tracker helps you to navigate the global response.

Fair Labor Association: Country-specific updates on provisions for workers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

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ILO's overview of country policy responses

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and consequences of the COVID-19: Specific questions for risks related to working conditions (members only)

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Accessible in the resource section of this page (requires login).

Webinar_Italy COVID-19 update (members only)

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Italy_list of contacts (members only)

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General information about COVID-19 for members of Ethical Trade Norway

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Migrant workers

IOM: Guidance for employers and businesses on protection of migrant workers during the COVID-19

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has released a guidance for employers and businesses on protection of migrant workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

IHRB: Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant Workers in South East Asia

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The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) provides continuous updates on the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers in South East Asia.

EU Commission: Covid-19's impact on migrant communities and how governments are responding

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Webinar on migrant workers and COVID-19 (members only)

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Accessible as document and podcast in the resource section of this page (requires login).

Covid-19_identify and mitigate risk to migrant workers (members only)

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Webinar_Italy COVID-19 update (members only)

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Food and agricultural sector

FAO: COVID-19 and the risk to food supply chains: How to respond?

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Covid-19_identify and mitigate risk to migrant workers (members only)

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Webinar on migrant workers and COVID-19 (members only)

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Webinar_Italy COVID-19 update (members only)

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Garment sector

Fair Wear's Covid-19: Country-specific guidance

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Fair Wear provides detailed information and guidance on the impact of and responses to the Covid-19 pandemic for each of the production countries in which Fair Wear is active.

Report: Early impacts of Coronavirus on Bangladesh apparel supply chains

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Download report: RISC Report – Impacts of Coronavirus on Bangladesh RMG

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What happens when coronoavirus shuts stores and retailers cancel billions of dollars in clothing orders? The Regulation of International Supply Chains (RISC) team invites you to read their newly-published report on the effects of coronavirus in the Bangladesh apparel industry and its 4+ million workers.

Seven years ago this month, more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh were killed when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed on top of them. Today, the Bangladesh apparel industry and its millions of workers face a new, potentially even more devastating crisis: coronavirus. Health issues aside, the impacts of the global pandemic on the industry and its workers are potentially catastrophic for the industry and wider society alike in a country where, for many workers, unemployment threatens starvation.

The report – aimed at practitioners and policy-makers – seeks to aggregate key information from a variety of sources both local and international, as well as look behind the numbers to reflect on the broader issues and challenges at play.

The report is a product of the RISC project, and brings together researchers from Copenhagen Business School, BRAC University Bangladesh, Tufts University and the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative. RISC is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark and administered by the Danida Fellowship Center.

ETI guidance on payment of orders (members only)

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The Ethical Trading Initiative UK has published guidance to brands on how to treat existing orders and future commitments with suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance focuses on ensuring workers receive payment for completed work, urges dialogue with suppliers over ongoing orders and collective action on long-term social protection for workers.

The full guide will soon be available for members of Ethical Trade Norway.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

ETI: COVID-19 briefing: Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

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The Ethical Trading Initiative UK has published a briefing note on Occupational Safety and Health in the COVID-19 period, which reflects a summary of guidance and advice that’s been published by the World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation and a range of country and sector briefings. It aligns to ETI Base Code clause 3 (working conditions are safe and hygienic).