Decent work can be an important driver for development – the ability to earn a fair wage gives much needed purchasing power that can be then used to stimulate local economies, or provide income tax to governments to help with social safety nets for those struggling in society.
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) - ‘Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men..’
Decent work has become a universal objective and has been included in major human rights declarations, UN Resolutions and outcome documents from major conferences including Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the World Summit for Social Development (1995), World Summit Outcome Document (2005), the high level segment of ECOSOC (2006), the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017), Conference on Sustainable Development (2011) and in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015).
Sustainable Development Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda calls for the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work. This agenda for the promotion of decent work for all is inherently interlinked with many other drivers of development or means of implementing the SDGs.
Government and Multilateral Publications
- ILO 'Decent Work and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' (2017)
- ILO '2030 Development Agenda: Major Breakthrough for World of Work' (2015)
- Toolkit for Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work (2008)