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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge –
While the global labor force grows, employment is not keeping up. But even having a job is not enough; decent work is a must for sustained, inclusive, and sustainable growth. A lack of decent jobs, the ILO reports, “lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress.”
Your Business Opportunity
Decent work is good for business, says the UN Global Compact. Improving workplace practices can raise morale and job satisfaction, and foster creativity and innovation. Upholding freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining can improve industrial relations and lower social auditing costs. Finally, taking action to reduce unemployment supports a more stable business environment.
SDG 8 calls to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and
productive employment and decent work for all.
What is Decent Work? [Video]
Make a Difference Taking Action on Goal 8
Identify Employment Challenges in your Supply Chain
Start by gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges related to economic growth, inclusion, employment, and decent work in your supply chain.
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Economic Growth

This World Bank resource shows economic growth by region and income level.

Decent Work

The International Labour Organization (ILO) provides Decent Work Country Profiles, along with factsheets and guidebooks.

Labor Practices, Employment, Management Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, Diversity
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) resource center on Labor Practices and Decent Work shows the indicators used in a comprehensive sustainability report.
CIA factbook image Unemployment
The CIA World Factbook provides country-by-country information on unemployment, youth unemployment and more.

Vulnerable Employment
The UN’s Human Development Report shows the “vulnerable employment” rate, by country, among other indicators. See Statistical Table 13.
Know the chain image Forced Labor
Know the Chain is a resource for businesses and investors on forced labor abuses within supply chains. It uses benchmarks to provide information on performance and example of good practices, beginning with the information and communication technology sector. See resources.
The ILO provides this checklist for compliance and combatting forced labor.
Align your Workplace with New Requirements
Human rights image Are you ready for tighter anti-trafficking laws?
According to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 companies now must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. Similarly, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and additional obligations are also coming into force, such as closing markets for goods produced with the use of slavery.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre will publicize which companies comply with the obligations, and compare what each company has done to eradicate forced labor and human trafficking through their supply chains.

Saint-Gobain, Halfords and Imperial Tobacco are identified as “early movers” already providing their statements.
What else can business do? The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) suggests: promoting responsible recruitment practices in the informal sector; lobbying for stronger laws and regulations; raising public awareness; improving monitoring of the supply chain and enable due diligence action; and providing internal training to prevent human trafficking in business operations, including by suppliers.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 8
skills to succeed video Accenture
Accenture’s Skills to Succeed program equips people with skills to get a job or build a business. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman & CEO, sees “an exceptional opportunity to make a difference in the communities where we work and live – from closing employment gaps to advancing client sustainability to accelerating gender equality in the workforce.”
Eileen Fisher image Eileen Fisher
The apparel company is committed to two standards that support decent work. For factories, it uses Social Accountability International’s SA8000, while for “cottage” industries, it applies the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code. In addition, Eileen Fisher trains factory workers and managers in China on various corporate social responsibilities issues, to empower the workforce and facilitate participation in improving workplace conditions. The training is conducted in partnership with Verité.
Eileen Fisher also pursues fair trade by supporting an “alternative supply chain” in Peru, in which workers are paid higher wages and which is designed specifically to preserve family and community relationships. Learn more.
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Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on employment, decent work, and inclusive economic growth can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Image Credit: IFAD/G.M.B.Akash International Fund for Agricultural Development

The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) just announced a USD 25.8 million loan to the government of Sri Lanka to increase incomes for rural households, through a project for tea and rubber smallholders. IFAD reports that the project will help small farmers improve production and processing, and align their products to take advantage of market opportunities. It will also make rural finance more accessible in order to help farmers develop their rubber or tea business. IFAD’s representative in Sri Lanka said, “We are connecting farmers to the value chain, in both the tea and rubber sectors, so that they are stakeholders in producing, processing and marketing their products.”

 

United Way
In Brazil, United Way recruits volunteers from the private sector to lead training courses for youth, on financial education and entrepreneurial skills such as marketing, accounting and English. More than 500 youth have participated in these training courses. H&R Block and Walmart are among United Way’s corporate partners on income
Fair Factories Clearinghouse
The Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) is a nonprofit with a collaborative membership community that seeks to create more efficient and humane workplaces worldwide. FFC provides private companies with expertise and resources, enabling exchange of information and collaboration between brands. Members include REI, The Children’s Place, New Balance, and Adidas Group.
Register for Upcoming GSC Webinar
GSC Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program Report
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
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AMBA video image 2015 Winner for Impact Sourcing Award: AMBA
AMBA empowers adults with moderate to severe intellectual disability with innovative tools so they can make economic contributions to their families and society.
Boomers video image 2015 Nominee for Employee Engagement Award: Boomers International
Boomers International Ltd in Ghana manufactures and distributes environmentally friendly bamboo bicycles to global distributors, to address youth unemployment, rural-urban migration, and poverty.
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier addressing decent work challenges in your community? Do you know of others working to support employment and sustainable, inclusive growth in their supply chains?
Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
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