Global Supply Chains in Times of COVID-19 – Global Labour University MOOC

Garment Worker in India
25 September 2020 - 25 September 2020

9:00 am EDT (GMT -4) 

On August 25, 2020, The Global Labour University launched  a  free self-paced Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Global Supply Chains in Times of COVID-19,  with the intention of providing practitioners, scholars and unionists from around the world with critical knowledge on the impact of the COVID-19 on workers in global supply chains and labour’s response to protect workers.

The course, which features focused video lectures and thematic webinars by international experts on a range of topics, explores some of the key questions in rethinking the global supply chains as well as labour’s proposals and policy measures to rebuild them.


On Friday, 25 September 2020,  at 9:00 am EDT, Marlese Von Broembsen, Director of WIEGO’s Law Programme, Ineke Zeldenrust, International Coordinator, Clean Clothes Campaign and Scott Nova, Executive Director, Worker Rights Consortium will participate in a panel discussion on the key demands to regulate global supply chains.

Marlese’s contribution will bring attention to informal workers in the supply chain (both inside and outside the factory). She will argue that any regulation must include all workers in the supply chain, including informal workers.

Course instructors

  • Marlese von Broembsen, Director of the Law Programme, Women in the Informal Economy, Globalising and Organising
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Anner, Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, and Political Science, Penn State University, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherrer, Professor for Globalization and Politics, Social Science Department, University of Kassel, Germany
  • Dr. Frank Hoffer, Non-executive Director, Global Labour University Online Academy
  • Dr. Edlira Xhafa, Executive Director, Global Labour University Online Academy
  • Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Herr, Professor Emeritus, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Praveen Jha, Professor for Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • Prof. Dr. Melisa R. Serrano, Director of Center for Labor Justice, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR), University of the Philippines
  • Seth Payer, Strategic Researcher, International Transport Workers’ Federation
  • Nick Rudikoff, Campaigns Director, UNI Global Union
  • Laila Castaldo, Senior Coordinator, UNI Global Union
  • Prof. Walter Belik, Professor of Economics, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Paolo Marinaro, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Global Worker's Rights
  • Alejandro González, International Coordinator, Good Electronics Network
  • Liz Blackshaw, Director of Global Campaigns, International Transport Worker's Federation
  • Leo Baunach, Director, International Trade Union Confederation and Global Unions Office
  • Christina Hajagos-Clausen, Director, IndustriAllGlobal Union

Related Reading

The world’s most vulnerable garment workers aren’t in factories – and global brands need to step up to protect them by Marlese Von Broembsen


Informal Economy Theme