Towards sustainability in the e-commerce supply chain

23 May 2023

How has the COVID-19 pandemic e-commerce boom impacted the logistics sector in Europe, and what are the implications for workers? 

ETF is delighted to be an associate partner of the new EU-funded research and networking project ‘Team Hub’, which seeks to answer these questions and empower unions and logistics workers with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure decent work and sustainability in the sector.  

The first phase of this exciting project has just been completed with the release of nine country fiches.

Covering Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain, these reports provide data and analysis of the sector, including key market players, dominant business models, working and employment conditions, social partner activities, and the geography of the supply chains in the respective countries. They are the first step towards the development of an EU-level comparative analysis that will be included in the project’s Background Report. 

Team Hub! brings together universities, research institutes and trade unions from nine EU countries (BE, DE, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, IT, PL) to jointly address the complexities and challenges of e-commerce supply chains, especially about storage and delivery activities, through a set of desk and field research, training, and networking activities and the development of policy recommendations. 

The aim of Team Hub! is to analyse the implications of the e-commerce boom following the COVID-19 pandemic, and to equip trade unions and logistics workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to propose a sustainable reshaping of business models and work organisation in the supply chain, also in view of the digital revolution and environmental sustainability objectives.  

 You can find out more about this project here.