Employment decent work for all and social protection

This report celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and builds upon the UN Global Compact Progress Report. With a particular focus on SDG 8, it highlights initiatives by Global Compact Local Networks around the world, presents snapshots of good practice from companies participating in the UN Global Compact and showcases initiatives that are advancing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
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World Development, Volume 113, 2019, Pages 368-380, ISSN 0305-750X

This paper unpacks the tensions embedded within SDG 8, particularly how its focus on GDP and per capita growth is problematic because it excludes much of social reproductive work. It argues that both gender and labour rights have to underpin SDG 8 if its promise of inclusive, sustainable and decent work is to be realised.

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Directly relating to SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), this report offers an analysis of countries' development spending commitments to achieve target 8.7 (eradicate forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking).
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This article explores the steps employers can take to support employees with caregiving responsibilities, addressing SDGs 3 (good health and well being), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduced inequalities).
Care-giving is on the rise and is affecting more and more people. Companies need to address the increasing demands of care-giving-related issues for its employees. This article examines ways in which companies can support employees with care-giving responsibilities, contributing to SDGs 3, 5 and 8.
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As employers continue to deal with the fallout of the #MeToo movement, the importance of effective sexual harassment training has become more clear. Having a workplace that is free of sexual harassment supports SDGs 5, 8 and 10. This article provides advice on why effective sexual harassment training is needed now more than ever, and best practices that apply no matter where you are.
Despite the fact that getting a job with a living wage decreases the risk that an individual will commit another crime, society places many barriers to people with criminal records re-entering the workforce. SDGs 8 and 10 includes bringing the formerly incarcerated back as contributing members of society by providing meaningful work. SDG 5 also is impacted, as bias against women with criminal histories is greater than against men. A new study reveals that misconceptions that prevent employers from considering job applicants with criminal histories are not supported by the data; these workers prove to be as good or a better “quality of hire” than employees without a criminal record.
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What can an employer do to make its workplace more veteran friendly? The following are some affirmative steps an employer can take to make its workplace fairer towards veterans and provide them with increased professional opportunities to level the playing field.
As part of achieving SDGs 3 (good health and wellbeing) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), employers need to help their employees to digitally disconnect from work and maintain a healthy balance between work, family and social needs.

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