Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

In 2017 almost 5.6 % of the world's population was unemployed, and the numbers are rising. Many are young people or women, who are not engaged in either education, training or employment. There are not enough decent jobs worldwide that provide social security and fair incomes. In the less developed regions of the world, wages, as well as the working conditions, are inadequate for many and people cannot lift themselves out of poverty even if they have a job. Furthermore, child labour is still widespread in some countries and deprives children of the opportunity to attend schools. Worldwide very few companies produce and operate sustainably, endangering the well-being of people and destroying the environment.

An essential condition for sustainable development is a healthy economy. Not only more jobs are needed, but also companies that protect the environment and offer decent and equal working conditions and reasonable wages for both men and women. A global strategy for youth employment and education should be implemented by 2020, creating the possibility of learning a profession for young people. Additionally, the worst forms of exploitation and child labour shall be abolished by 2030. A GDP target of at least seven per cent per year should be achieved in the less developed countries. Politicians must promote productivity, resource efficiency and innovation.