7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Decent jobs

Economic growth is lasting and more beneficial to the poorest when it is inclusive and creates decent jobs, particularly for women and youth, that respect the fundamental human rights as well as the rights of workers in terms of conditions of work safety, remuneration, physical and mental integrity. The EU and its Member States will meet this key challenge in the 2030 Agenda by supporting national development paths that maximise positive social outcomes and impacts and that pay due attention to better sharing the benefits of growth, the creation of wealth and decent jobs and of improved access to factors of production, such as land or finance. They will promote policies that promote access to quality basic services for all, in particular to quality education, health services and sanitation, and act to reduce inequality of outcomes and opportunity for all. By doing so, they will assist the poorest sections of society directly and also help to promote more inclusive, sustainable growth that does not compromise future generations. They will aim to develop agricultural value chains which benefit the poor and encourage agro-industry to generate jobs and added value.

Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility commitments need to be built into business models as a matter of course. Inclusive sustainable growth builds long-term resilience in partner countries, by creating opportunities for vulnerable population groups and those most at risk, to participate in, and benefit from, wealth and job creation. The EU and its Member States will continue to support responsible business practices and responsible management of supply chains, integrating human and labour rights, financial probity and environmental standards and accessibility. They will work to prevent human rights abuses and promote the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. They will promote labour standards that ensure decent employment conditions for workers, as defined by the International Labour Organisation, both in the formal and informal sector, including by supporting the transition from the informal to the formal economy. The EU and its Member States will seek collaboration with the private sector and promote the mobilisation of private resources for development in areas with significant transformation potential for sustainable development.

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