Policy Article

Socially Responsible Production in Global Value Chains: A Roadmap

G20 Insights - 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In December 2018, G20 leaders committed themselves to fair and sustainable development, focusing, among other issues, on the labour conditions in global production networks. These G20 commitments, in themselves, do not offer a roadmap for implementation. In this policy brief, we contribute towards such a roadmap, by showing how responsible production in global value chains (GVCs) represents a promising vehicle for achieving a fair and sustainable workplace. This policy brief argues that, in the world of complex GVCs, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a potential tool for firms to respond to stakeholder pressure and for governments to put firms in charge of responsible production.