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Transatlantic Social Dialogue - Future of global value chains under the impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:00am

Virtual Event

The webinar edition of the 18th Transatlantic Social Dialogue (TSD) replaces three days of in-person meetings in Spring Hill, Tennessee organized in collaboration with the Worker InstituteIG Metallthe Hans Boeckler Foundation (HBS), and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).

October 27, 2020 (Tuesday), 10 am ET (4 pm CET)
Future of global value chains under the impact of Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how fragile global value chains have become and how dependent some sectors are on particular companies and countries. Globalization slowed down already after the financial crisis, there are more and more conflicts over trade policy and competition between continents and leading countries. There is much anecdotal evidence of reshoring during the pandemic, especially in pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, but it is unclear if de-globalization and re-shoring have become the general trend.

This session examines whether re-shoring or regionalization of value chains is accelerating, what costs companies are willing to bear in order to address the vulnerabilities of value chains, and what the implications are for trade unions.


  • Dr. Sabine Stephan, Hans Boeckler Stiftung, IMK (Macroeconomic Policy Institute)
  • Dave McCall, United Steelworkers, International Vice President
  • Steve Johnson, Consultant European and General Works Council at Lear Corporation

Moderator: Carsten Huebner

Registration will open on October 1st. Please email Claire Concepcion at to be added to the TSD email listserv.

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