As the UN puts it: Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population. There needs to be increased access to financial services to manage incomes, accumulate assets and make productive investments. Increased commitments to trade, banking and agriculture infrastructure will also help increase productivity and reduce unemployment levels in the world’s most impoverished regions.
RSP Competences sdg8 Decent work and economic growth
Discuss the inherent contradiction between economic growth and wider global crises. Consider how a systemic view underpins the circular economy. Recognise the complexity of the knowledge economy and how this differs from traditional economic models.
Be critically aware of employment and economic initiatives taken by companies and governments in relation to social justice and environmental impacts.
Collaborate with stakeholders in the economy, linking them with learners in order to develop awareness and understanding of the world of work while integrating this with wider social and environmental issues.
Be aware of the positive and negative impacts of economic developments on people and the planet.
Visualise different economic scenarios, how they might be achieved and how they play out in society.
Understand how working conditions and practices affect people and why these can be the subject of campaigns for change.
Explore alternative economic models and search for new ways of working. Develop ideas on sustainable products and services.
Be transparent about one’s own actions both as a worker/ professional and as a consumer of products and services.
Collaborate in order to improve working conditions and sustainable employment opportunities.
Recognise how our values underpin our own career choices and those of others as well as the decisions taken by different stakeholders (e.g. shareholders, employees, managers).
Investigate economic/employment issues, consider opportunities for change and take action to bring change about.
Make informed decisions and actions both as a worker/ professional and as a consumer.