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ILO: Jumpstarting a green recovery with more and better jobs

Jumpstarting a green recovery with more and better jobsPolicy Brief: COVID-19 and the world of work
Jump-starting a green recovery with more and better jobs, healthy and resilient societies

Key Points:

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the multiple links between public health and the environment and made it evident that a healthy life and workplace and productive economies depend on a healthy environment.

One positive outcome from the pandemic has been a dramatic, but temporary reduction in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions across the world.

As economies restart, there is an opportunity to develop public and private policies to address the current climate change crisis gradually and foster the transition to a green economy. The reconstruction of the economic fabric should lay the foundations for environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive production and consumption as we move into the future.

Through social dialogue, governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations have a key opportunity to forge a strong consensus and broad-based support for a sustainable recovery that promotes decent work, resilient enterprises and workplaces, and environmental sustainability.

To support a sustainable and green recovery, policies and investment towards a greener and circular economy are required, such as fast-tracking low-carbon mobility, removing distortions such as fossil fuel subsidies while providing incentives to use renewable energies, and ensuring that public funds are provided to ensure business continuity, stimulate the economy, create decent jobs, and address risks to human health and the environment.

Enterprises, supported by employers’ organizations, can build on innovative business continuity measures to scale up green innovation and entrepreneurship, enhance resilience against future shocks by integrating environmental risks and technology into enterprise risk management (ERM) practices and into climate-related financial disclosure, and invest in sustainable supply chains.

Enterprises can work with employers’ and workers’ organizations to identify and implement best environmental practices at workplace level. Consumers can further embrace sustainable consumption patterns that allow human well-being and the fulfilment of individual and collective aspirations, while reducing waste and paving a way to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Build back better: the ILO offers a range of programmes, initiatives and tools to advance decent work, social justice and environmental sustainability simultaneously.

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