The challenges of achieving environmental sustainability and of generating decent work for all are closely linked. In this timely book, Poschen argues that an integrated approach to tackle these challenges is a necessity: the goal of environmentally sustainable economies will not be attained without the active contribution of the world of work. Decent Work, Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy demonstrates that green jobs can be a key economic driver, as the world steps into the largely uncharted territory of building a sustainable and low-carbon global economy. Poschen shows that positive outcomes are possible, but require a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges.Enterprises, workers and governments are not passive bystanders in the great transformation that is urgently needed in our economies. They are essential agents of change, able to develop new ways of working in sustainable enterprises that safeguard the environment, create decent jobs and foster social inclusion. This book highlights the solutions that the world of work offers for policy and practice to tackle climate change, achieve environmental sustainability and to build prosperous and cohesive societies. It is essential reading for those in business, academia and government.
Foreword Acknowledgements Executive summary Introduction1. Sustainable development and decent work1.1 Environmental challenges: Their economic and social cost1.2 Social challenges and economic instability: Their link to the environment1.3 The drive to environmental sustainability and its implications for decent work1.4 The labour market dynamics of greening economies: green jobs creation, employment and income effects2. Seizing the opportunities: Lessons from international experience2.1 Evidence of the positive employment effects of green policies2.2 Lessons learned3. Identifying and managing the challenges3.1 Economic restructuring3.2 Climate change adaptation and the world of work3.3 Adverse income distribution effects originating from energy poverty4. Designing and implementing effective policies4.1 Initiatives to promote environmental sustainability and decent work4.2 ILO support for environmentally sustainable development4.3 Coherent policies for more and better jobs in a greener economy4.4 Towards a policy framework for sustainable development with decent and green jobs5. Major findings5.1 The imperative of environmental sustainability and decent work5.2 The drive towards environmental sustainability creates three major opportunities for labour markets and social inclusion5.3 Challenges for labour markets and social inclusion can be identified and must be managed5.4 There is an urgent need for a fairer, more inclusive and environmentally sustainable development model