Manual or Guideline

Childcare in the COVID-19 Era: A Guide for Employers

April 5, 2020

As employees try to meet their new work and family obligations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the loss of childcare options and school closures presents a parallel crisis.

Working parents and their employers now find themselves in an ever-changing work and care landscape that can be increasingly tricky to navigate. Employers who are urgently addressing the care needs of their employees during this emergency, especially of those in lower income settings, can achieve business sustainability, productivity, and profitability in the long run.

This guidance note is a companion to  IFC's Global Guide for Employer-Supported Childcare and outlines ways in which employers can support the care and family needs of their employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and fulfill their obligations under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

This publication is also available in:
Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese 

Webinar: COVID-19 and Private Sector

On April 15, 2020, UNDP partnered with IFC to host a webinar in collaboration with the Business for Gender Equality Programme, the Business Call to Action, and the Connecting Business Initiative.

The session explored the challenges companies are facing during the Coronavirus pandemic and some of the measures they can take to protect their employees and supply chains, such as supporting the care and family needs of their employees. IFC presented its interim guide on Childcare in the COVID-19 Era.

A similar discussion was conducted in Spanish.