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

World Bank Institute

WBI 1955 Washington DC USA E gj

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bicycle Relief

2005 Chicago IL USA G

World Blind Union

WBU 1984 Toronto ON B y

World Business Academy

1986 Santa Barbara CA USA F

World Business Angels Investment Forum


World Business Associates

WBA 1979 Bethesda MD USA E v

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Business Institute

WBI 2000 Melbourne VIC Australia N j

World Business Transformation Forum

WBTF 2003 Alphen aan den Rijn Netherlands G

World Cargo Alliance

WCA 1998 Las Vegas NV USA D

World Central Kitchen

WCK Washington DC USA G

World Children's Relief and Volunteer Organization

WCR 2002 Prescott AZ USA N

World Commerce and Contracting

WorldCC 1999 Ridgefield CT C

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Confederation of Businesses

WORLDCOB 2004 Houston TX G

World Confederation of Productivity Science

WCPS 1969 Montréal QC Canada C y

World Conference of Banking Institutes

S c

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists


World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth


World Council of Fisheries Societies

WCFS 2000 Bethesda MD USA G

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Diamond Council

WDC 2000 New York NY USA E

World Economic Development Congress

Waltham MA USA S c

World Economic Forum

WEF 1971 Cologny F c

World Economic Processing Zones Association

WEPZA 1978 Deal UK F

World Economics Association

WEA 2011 Bristol UK C

World Economy Research Institute, Warsaw

WERI 1985 Warsaw Poland G j

World Economy, Ecology and Development

WEED 1990 Berlin Germany G

World Educate Business Association

WEBA 2002 Locarno Switzerland N

World Egg Organisation


World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G

World Eminence Chinese Business Association

WECBA 2005 The Hague Netherlands N

World Employment Confederation

WEC 1967 Brussels Belgium C

World Employment Federation Europe

2005 Brussels Belgium D

World Energy Council

WEC 1923 London B

World Engagement Institute

WEI Chicago IL USA G j

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg B yt

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome C

World Federation of Building Service Contractors

WFBSC 1979 Chicago IL C y

World Federation of Development Financing Institutions

WFDFI 1979 Abidjan C y

World Federation of Diamond Bourses

WFDB 1947 Antwerp Belgium D

World Federation of Exchanges

WFE 1961 London UK C

World Federation of People Management Associations

WFPMA 1976 Alexandria VA C y

World Federation of Scientific Workers

WFSW 1946 Mont-Saint-Aignan C

World Federation of the Deafblind

WFDB 1997 Oslo Norway D

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

WFTGA 1985 Vienna C