GOAL 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
It’s hard to believe that about half of the world's population lives on just $2 a day, and that even many with jobs remain impoverished. Social and economic conditions must change in order to provide stable jobs that allow individuals to improve their economic situation. Proper working conditions, fair compensation and quality jobs are only a part of the solution.
Decent Work Opportunities and Stable Economic Growth
SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR ALL
“A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress… The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015.”
– United Nations
The following facts can be found on the official website of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
LET'S PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH.
This Sustainable Development Goal strives to sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7% gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries. It also endeavors to achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation through a focus on high-value added and labor-intensive sectors.
Stop Wishing. Start Doing.
Here's How To Help
01. Kick Discouragement to the Curb
While it may feel overwhelming as an individual to contribute to global economic growth, one simple way to help is to support companies creating economic growth in developing nations. The HealRWorld Global Sustainable Business Directory helps you find companies from all around the world that support local economies in developing nations.
02. Support Fair Trade!
Buy and use fair trade products, encourage the sale of fair trade products in organizations you are a part of, and even invite fair trade speakers to your community events. Make sure to always purchase from companies with fair compensation standards.
We're in this together.
Photography Credits by Order on Page:
Development of Resources: Tea Plantation in Tanzania – UN Photo by B. Wolff
Market Woman Prepares Snacks for Sale – UN Photo by Ky Chung
The Right to Work – UN Photo by S. Rotner