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Work for a Brighter Future Report 2018

International Labour Organization

2019

Global

Report/Paper

Workplace Gender Equality

Workplace Gender Equality

Work for a Brighter Future Report 2018

Work for a Brighter Future Report 2018

The ‘Work for a Brighter Future: Global Commission on the Future of Work’ report from the International Labor Organization portrays the urgency of the changes that the world of work is facing and provides ideas on how to manage and leverage these transformations. The report aims inspire further discussions on a full range of issues – including, for example, how to strengthen democratic space for social dialogue and how business models can be better aligned with a human-centred agenda.

The report aims to be as relevant as possible to a broad range of readers – from high-level policy-makers to young students, workers and business leaders, platform entrepreneurs and informal workers – coming from the position that, if everyone is aware of the changes, if everyone is included and works together to find solutions, there is a brighter future to the world of work.

Highlights

  • New forces are transforming the world of work. The transitions involved call for decisive action. Countless opportunities lie ahead to improve the quality of working lives, expand choice, close the gender gap, reverse the damages wreaked by global inequality, and much more. Yet none of this will happen by itself. Without decisive action we will be heading into a world that widens existing inequalities and uncertainties.
  • Technological advances – artificial intelligence, automation and robotics – will create new jobs, but those who lose their jobs in this transition may be the least equipped to seize the new opportunities.
  • Today’s skills will not match the jobs of tomorrow and newly acquired skills may quickly become obsolete. The greening of our economies will create millions of jobs as we adopt sustainable practices and clean technologies but other jobs will disappear as countries scale back their carbon- and resource-intensive industries. Changes in demographics are no less significant. Expanding youth populations in some parts of the world and ageing populations in others may place pressure on labour markets and social security systems, yet in these shifts lie new possibilities to afford care and inclusive, active societies.
  • The report urges the need to seize the opportunities presented by these transformative changes to create a brighter future and deliver economic security, equal opportunity and social justice – and ultimately reinforce the fabric of societies.
  • The report proposes a human-centred agenda for the future of work that strengthens the social contract by placing people and the work they do at the centre of economic and social policy and business practice. This agenda consists of three pillars of action, which in combination would drive growth, equity and sustainability for present and future generations:
    • Increasing investment in people’s capabilities
    • Increasing investment in the institutions of work
    • Increasing investment in decent and sustainable work

Contents

  • Preface
  • Executive Summary
  • Seizing the Moment
  • Delivering the Social Contract: a Human-Centred Agenda
    • Increasing investment in people’s capabilities
      • Lifelong learning for all
      • Supporting people through transitions
      • A transformative agenda for gender equality
      • Strengthening social protection
    • 2 Increasing investment in the institutions of work
      • Establishing a Universal Labour Guarantee
      • Expanding time sovereignty
      • Revitalizing collective representation
      • Technology for decent work
    • 3 Increasing investment in decent and sustainable work
      • Transforming economies to promote decent and sustainable work
      • Shifting incentives: Towards a human-centred
      • business and economic model
    • Taking Responsibility
      • Reinvigorating the social contract
      • The responsibilities of the ILO
      • Responsibilities and challenges of the multilateral system
      • Final comment
    • Notes
    • Bibliography
    • Annex. Members of the Global Commission on the Future of Work
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