Massive Open Online Course on “Decent Work in Global Supply Chains”

Massive Open Online Course on decent work in global supply chains open for free enrolment on

The online course is for free in the audit track and allows to network with thousands of trade unionists and labour activists from around the world.

Watch the course trailer here

What?A multi-disciplinary online course combining expertise from the world of work with cutting-edge academic research. This online course is designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills for organizing workers in global supply chains and engaging in policy processes to advance decent work in global supply chains. The course provides also possibilities to network with thousands of trade unionists and labour activists from around the world. The course is led by Prof Mark Anner who is a leading researcher on labour conditions in the global garment industry. 
When?You can attend this course and study at your own pace. Workload: 3-4 hrs/chapter
Where?Wherever you are, all you need is only an internet connection and eagerness to learn more
For whom?Trade unionists, labour activists, labour educators, labour researchers, NGOs, think-tanks, government officials in charge of the sector and everybody else interested in decent work in global supply chains. No prior knowledge on the topic is required.
Costs?This course is free of cost in the audit track and. If you wish, you can get a Statement of Participation for 29 € once you've finished the course. You can also get a University Certificate of Achievement for 49 € after passing the online exam, which is organized at specific weeks of the year. If you are a participant from a non-OECD country or a trade unionist from an OECD country, you may avail of Global Labour University scholarships for the Certificate of Achievement fee.

In this course, you will learn about:

Chapter 1: What are global supply chains?
Chapter 2: The regulatory framework on trade, investment and taxation
Chapter 3: Global supply chains and development
Chapter 4: Decent work gaps in global supply chains
Chapter 5: Key elements of the existing governance framework
Chapter 6: Negotiated governance – strategies on the company and industry level
Chapter 7: Regulating global supply chains – strategies on the political and legal level
Chapter 8: Campaigning to win – strategies and tools


The course includes the recording of a Facebook live discussion with Prof. Dr. Mark Anner. You can find the recording here:   Live Discussion

Course options and related requirements:

Audit Track (for free) 
This option has no requirements 

Audit track with Statement of Participation (29 €) 
For obtaining your Statement of Participation in the Audit Track, you need to complete 80% of the video lectures and quizzes. 

Certificate Track with Certificate of Accomplishment (49 €)
If you wish to get a Certificate for this course, please start studying in the audit track and send an email to online(at) to express your interest in an exam phase.

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You can also visit the Global Labour University Online Academy to find other free online courses on International Labour Standards and Fair Wage Strategies in a Global Economy and join the GLU Online Education Facebook Group to stay updated on our current and upcoming MOOCs and to network with other course participants.