Linda Kromjong participated in the roundtable discussion at the ILO on "Decent Work in the Global Economy," chaired by Valerio De Stefano from the KU Leuven. IOE's position on a number of key issues were presented:
- While there are decent work challenges in supply chains, they are not unique to global supply chains, as implied by the repeated focus of NGO or civil society campaigns on cross-border trade. The challenges mirror those of domestic markets and economies in general.
- Global supply chains are complex, diverse and have become increasingly fragmented. At the same time, participation in cross-border trade has created jobs and opportunities for millions of people. In addition, these jobs often offer better working conditions compared to alternative, domestic firms, many of which operate in the informal economy. It is for this reason that cross-border supply chains are described as "ladders of development".
- The best approach to respond to decent work challenges in supply chains is to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, whose principles are reflected in other key instruments such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ILO MNE Declaration.