• 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.

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Decent Work and Economic Growth

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.

It's time to face them.

These Are The Facts


Increased Unemployment


Global unemployment increased from 170 million in 2007 to nearly 202 million in 2012, of which about 75 million are young women and men.

Under $2 / Day


Nearly 2.2 billion people live below the US $2 poverty line and poverty eradication is only possible through stable and well-paying jobs.

470 million jobs


470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labour market between 2016 and 2030.

THE SOLUTION?

LET'S PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH.

By 2030

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.

BE A RIPPLE

JOIN THE MOVEMENT.

There are many ways to get involved to promote decent work and economic growth. By committing to do your part, you take the first step in making a world of difference.

We're in this together.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS


International Labor Organization
UNDP
UNEP

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