COVID-19 Safe Supplier Operating Standard - Part Two


Foreword By the International Trade Centre

Introducing the COVID-19 Safe Supplier Operating Standard ITC and its global partners are working in more than 120 countries to help enterprises recover from COVID-19, build in resilience to new shocks and re-imagine their businesses. This standard, compiled by State of Flux from broad industry inputs, is designed to help enterprises enable a resilience consciousness along international supply chains. It will guide producers, exporters, trade-related financing providers, and buyers through enacting COVID-safe operations to re-build trade. The standard outlines a common set of best practices that are relevant for trade in any product or services sectors. When followed, enterprises will reduce their risks of non- performance associated with transmissible diseases, instilling greater confidence in their trading and financing partners. The standard accompanies a white paper that reviews seven usually unanticipated risks emanating from COVID-19. The white paper explains how resilient responses can be built into a business to provide a platform for keeping existing trade partners or for pivoting to new products and markets. Both the white paper and this standard will be equally useful for enterprises, financing providers, trade, business support, and business development services everywhere.

International Trade Centre The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations for sustainable trade and enterprise development. ITC assists micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transitioning economies to become competitive in global markets and contribute to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.



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