The pandemic, supply chains and gendered impacts: lessons for response and adaptation by sustainability systems

There is now wide recognition that the ongoing pandemic has had a profound impact on women across all dimensions of economic and social activity. From shifting gender roles within the household to effects on women’s active role in the economy and the real health and well-being effects of the pandemic, there is a growing concern that women are ‘losing out’ severely. From the standpoint of sustainability standards and systems, the pandemic has opened up the opportunity to review many streams of work, including how they conduct their assurance activities. This briefing paper attempts to pull together insights on gender and gender risks across the supply chain to support current thinking and innovation across such systems.