What is the course about?

This FREE online course discusses key policy proposals for regulating global supply chains to empower workers and their organisations. The course offers a combination of lectures, reading materials and zoom workshops with top experts from academia and the labour sector.

You can watch our webinar "Making Global Tax Evaders Pay: Transnational Cooperation to Tax Transnational Corporations", featuring Prof. Jayati Ghosh and Christoph Trauvetter from the Tax Justice Network, down below: https://youtu.be/h3asappb_Kw 

Course structure

The course has six content chapters. Starting from 1 September 2021, a new content chapter will be posted each week. After becoming fully accessible, the course will remain open for studying the course materials at your own pace.

Chapter 1: Introduction to the course

Chapter 2: Towards a fair trade regime

Chapter 3: Designing sustainable industrial policies

Chapter 4: Building a fair taxation regime

Chapter 5: Effective Mandatory Due Diligence

Chapter 6: Equitable purchasing contracts and practices

Chapter 7: Worker-/trade union- driven social responsibility

Key concepts

Global supply chains; Human rights mandatory due diligence; Fair-trade and taxation regime; Sustainable industrial policy; Worker-driven Social Responsibility; Fair purchasing contracts and practices

Learning objectives

  • At the end of the course, the participants will be able to define the key problems in the main areas affecting global supply chains, such as trade, taxation, due diligence, purchasing contracts and industrial policies.
  • They will also be able to identify some key proposals for each area, and analyse the merits of various proposals and the policy challenges to their implementation.
  • They will be able to relate to key concepts used in each policy area.
  • Finally, at the end of the course, the participants will be able to provide arguments about the policy proposals.

What do I need to know?

This is a multi-disciplinary course drawing on the fields of social, political and economic sciences course. It is at the level of a Masters’ programme, but the concepts are explained in an accessible and well-illustrated way, so it is also possible to participate in the course using skills and knowledge acquired outside formal education.

The course requires a working level of English.

Course workload

The estimated workload is 8-10 hours per chapter if you read also the key reading for each unit.


You will be able to obtain either a Certificate of Participation or a Certificate of Accomplishment for this course. The requirements for each certificate as well as scholarship possibilities are detailed in Chapter 1 of the course as well as in the last unit of the course.

Course instructors

Selected Course Reviews

Overall Rating 5.0 (6 students)

Asad Uddin
11 months
Edlira Xhafa
11 months
Matija Barisic
10 months
Ms Tina Renier
6 months
Brian Anthony Gumiran
about 1 month
Benjamin Velasco
about 1 month