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8. Decent work and economic growth

8. Decent work and economic growth

Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of total employment – a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.

However, as the global economy continues to recover we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015.

Read our stories to learn more about SDG Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

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News

Migrant workers in Malaysai
A new lawsuit against global healthcare giants Kimberly-Clark and Ansell by ex-employees of a gloves manufacturer shine light on systemic labour issues further down the supply chain.
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Experts worry that heavy losses from unexpected summer snowstorms in Kashmir's pastures are a sign of worse to come for mountain communities.
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The annual monsoon rains have failed to arrive in Nepal as anticipated ahead of the rice-planting season, leaving farmers facing another season of loss and the country bracing for a food shortage.
Trees are replanted in areas destroyed by mining in Narra, Palawan.
Anti-mining advocates say the environmental and social impacts of mining far outweigh whatever contribution it can bring to the economy.
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Opinion

Workplace inclusion involves making staff feel psychologically safe to voice their opinions.
The Great Recruitment is possible, if company bosses can build an inclusive culture. Pat Dwyer explains how.
People using internet services
The world's dependency on digital technology was laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic. Policymakers need to mobilise digital connectivity to improve the daily welfare of the most vulnerable populations, writes Riccardo Puliti of the World Bank.
Trees in the tropics
Climate change is killing trees in cities, forcing changes in urban planning.
EU flags in Belgium
Firms may choose to bring manufacturing plants back to the EU to avoid bureaucracy, hurting the economies of the nations that once hosted them. The bloc should help to fund costly decarbonisation programmes using tax money.
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Videos

Journey to net-zero Keppel video
EB Studio Our urban infrastructure is responsible for almost 40 per cent of global carbon emissions. Climate solutions need to include the biggest energy guzzlers, clean energy and retrofitting old buildings.
Women in STEM
Women play a key role in developing innovations to push for sustainability, but barriers remain to their entry into STEM careers. To celebrate International Day of Women & Girls in Science, EB Impact speaks to three women in science on making an impact and pursuing careers in STEM.
An e-jeepney in the Philippines. A growing movement is underway to electrify Southeast Asia's transport. Image: Eco-Business
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents the pockets of hope for e-mobility around the most climate-vulnerable region.
Daughter Riri Damayanti (left) and her father Syamsul Bahri (right) are colleagues at a palm oil company in South Sumatra.
EB Studio What has been the effect of this agribusiness company's dual-income policy on the households of its Indonesian workers?
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Podcasts

Gojek vehicle in Indonesia
GoTo sustainability head Tanah Sullivan tells the Eco-Business Podcast that regulating net-zero claims would decarbonise Southeast Asia faster. Indonesia's biggest internet firm aims to cut emissions to zero by 2030 — a target critics say is unrealistic.
hotels podcast
Can the hotels sector, traditionally resource-intensive and wasteful, reinvent itself and go green? Eco-Business asks two hospitality executives about balancing post-Covid recovery, and if luxury can be made compatible with sustainability.
EB Podcast with Elena Philipova, director of sustainable finance, Refinitiv
It is no longer business as usual when it comes to how we tackle climate change and rising global temperatures. Eco-Business speaks to Elena Philipova of Refinitiv about how data can ensure countries and businesses are delivering on pledges to decarbonise.
WEF China
The World Economic Forum – best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos since 1971 – has been a dynamic platform bringing together the best in business, politics and society to shape global industry agendas. How is WEF helping to shape China’s economic goals alongside its environmental and societal priorities?
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