Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day with global unemployment rates of 5.7% and having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty in many places. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. Even though the average annual growth rate of real GDP per capita worldwide is increasing year on year, there are still many countries in the developing world that are decelerating in their growth rates and moving farther from the 7% growth rate target set for 2030. As labor productivity decreases and unemployment rates rise, standards of living begin to decline due to lower wages.

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.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Supply Chain Finance Community

SCF 2013 Zwolle Netherlands D

Surgicorps International

1994 Glenshaw PA USA N

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainability Challenge Foundation

SCF 1994 Tilburg Netherlands G f

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International

SERI Hastings MN USA F

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

2006 Honolulu HI USA E

Sustainable Ocean Alliance

SOA 2015 G

Sustainable Project Management- Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment

SPM 1994 Rougemont VD Switzerland F

Swedfund - International

Stockholm Sweden G efg

Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research

SIAW St Gallen SG Switzerland N jv

SYFIA International

Montpellier France F

Syndicat international du décolletage

SID 1963 Cluses France D

Synergos Institute

1986 New York NY USA F jv

TABS International

2008 Bedworth UK G

Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations

1998 Geneva GE Switzerland T g

TASH - Working in Partnership with Disability Advocates Worldwide

1975 Washington DC USA N

Teachers Without Borders

TWB 2000 Seattle WA USA G

TeamWork International

Kissimmee FL USA N


1973 Utrecht Netherlands G f

TEAR Australia

1971 Blackburn VIC Australia G


1975 Auckland New Zealand G f

Tearfund Canada

1944 Markham ON Canada G

Tearfund, Belgium

1979 Vilvoorde Belgium G f

TearFund, Schweiz

1984 Zurich ZH Switzerland G f

Tearfund, UK

1968 Teddington UK G f

Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, Other Protected Areas and Wildlife in Latin America and the Caribbean

1983 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile E g


1969 Washington DC USA F v


1997 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile F

TechSoup Global

1987 San Francisco CA USA F

TeleManagement Forum

TM Forum 1988 Morristown NJ USA F

Temporary Agreement for the Regulation of the Fisheries in Waters Contiguous to the Northern Coasts of the Territory of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

1930 T g

ternYpe International Roma Youth Network

ternYpe 2010 Brussels Belgium F


2005 Midrand South Africa F

Terre des Hommes International Federation

TDHIF 1966 Geneva GE Switzerland F

Tertiaires Carmélites du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus

1924 Madrid Madrid Spain R

Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association

TEFMA 2003 Hobart TAS Australia G

The African Network

TAN 2004 Santa Clara CA USA G

The Asfari Foundation

2006 London UK G f

The BulLion Foundation

2013 Fort Lee NJ USA G

The Century Foundation

1919 New York NY USA G f

The Conference Board

1916 New York NY USA G

The Conference Board in Europe

1978 Brussels Belgium E

The Family Business Network Asia

FBN Asia Singapore Singapore K

The Family Business Network International

FBN-I 1989 Lausanne VD Switzerland F y

The Forgotten International

TFI 2007 San Francisco CA USA G

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration

THP Foundation 2000 The Hague Netherlands F f

The Indus Entrepreneurs

TiE Global 1992 Sunnyvale CA USA N

The International Alliance for Women

TIAW 1980 Washington DC USA F

The Intrepid Foundation

2002 Melbourne VIC Australia J f