SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth


To achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.


The growth rate for employment is slowing, with widening inequalities and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labor force. In 2015 more than 204 million people were unemployed. Furthermore, as of 2017, there were around 300 million workers in extreme poverty, living on less than US$1.90 per day.


By encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, we need to focus on creating good working opportunities for all people.

Effective measures to eradicate forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking, needs to be enforced.

Protecting labor rights and promoting safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, and those in precarious employment, are ways to secure this goal.

Partnerships for the goals

How Are Companies Working On It?

GSK – Promoting local R&D: By promoting local manufacturing in developing countries, using joint ventures and technology transfer arrangements which build the capabilities of developing countries to research and manufacture vaccines and medicines, while increasing the company’s access to these markets. For example, in Brazil GSK partners with FioCruz, a leading public health research institution, to manufacture vaccines that address the country’s public health priorities and develop a vaccine for dengue fever.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Healthcare & Life Sciences)

Sulzer – Implemented a Safe Behavior Program: Designed to foster a team-oriented approach to safety, the Safe Behavior Program focuses on developing safety leadership as well as employee empowerment. The change program aims to anchor safety in Sulzer employees’ habits, to promote a preventive safety culture, and to offer the necessary framework and tools to empower employees on all levels. The core behaviors of the program are observation, intervention, and responsibility. In 2015, the Safe Behavior Program enabled Sulzer to reach an accident frequency rate (AFR) below two cases per million working hours, the lowest AFR ever in its history, and in general Sulzer continued to decrease the severity of its accidents.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Industrial Manufacturing)

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