What exactly is this goal?: during the last 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has fallen considerably. However, more than 780 million people earn no more than $2 a day. On the other hand, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO), there are more than 204 million unemployed people today. The lack of work and the poor quality of it indirectly impacts on the rise of poverty and inequalities at global level. SDG 8 aims to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth, which can benefit all and that is not detrimental to the environment. This will only be achieved by creating decent jobs for everyone, especially for women, young people and other disadvantaged groups, eliminating practices such as forced and child labour and promoting technological innovation.
Corporate role: companies are the main tool for creating jobs, and they must ensure decent working conditions, for both their own employees as well as those employed throughout the supply chain. Further information
How to measure the corporate contribution: some indicators to evaluate corporate actions include: the average working hours per week, including overtime; the level of wages of all employees; the total number and levels of employee turnover by age group, gender and region; the number of initiatives to improve access to financial services for disadvantaged people; and the training hours and number and type of job opportunities for local residents.