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Evaluation: Trade and Global Value Chains Initiative

This report presents the Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) of the Trade and Global Value Chains Initiative (TGVCI).

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The Trade and Global Value Chains Initiative (TGVCI) seeks to test whether investments in social upgrading (better working conditions and access to better work) can lead to business and development gains, and also ensure that better skilled, younger workers enter the sector and work more productively.

Previous research indicated that companies do not invest in social upgrading because they lack both sufficient incentive to act on their own and convincing evidence of the benefits. Investment with other stakeholders in social upgrading could deliver business benefits and help to ensure the longer-term profitability and sustainability of corporate supply chains.

Published 27 October 2016