“Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. This is the eighth objective outlined by the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do not have an order of priority, on the contrary, they are articulated with each other in order to promote sustainable development for all communities on the planet.
But if you are now asking yourself: why is the Building Adventure (ADC) talking about it? Well, let’s go over some important points. Since 2018, ADC has been a signatory to the Global Compact, an initiative proposed by the UN to encourage companies and organizations to adopt actions that respond to the SDGs. Because of this, we identified that the more we share experiences and learnings, the more goals we can achieve, that’s why we created theseries ODS em Pauta.
See what has already been the subject here on the Blog:
Now let’s do what matters most! To understand a little about how our mission of inclusive territorial development strengthens aspects of the SDG8, just look at the support for low-income microentrepreneurship, a structural activity of ADC. But, let’s go a little deeper into this reflection!
At ADC we wonder why the Global Compact saw that the two themes of the SDG8 itself, decent work and economic growth, are intertwined. We see in everyday experience that every human being expresses himself through work, in giving shape to what he has in his own hands. This means that our activities and initiatives are always centered around a construction that involves our whole person. And what ADC does is to encourage and stimulate aspects that strengthen this connection, so that the meeting worthy of a job, job or informal occupation can result in local, regional and global economic growth, betting on the role of each human being. This link, between decent work and economic growth, is the heart of the ADC! That is why the curiosity to discover how this connection is born and develops and the interest to deepen it through our institutional action are very great!
Seeking to monitor how decent work has a qualitative impact on people’s lives and, in some cases, is economically measurable, ADC publishes monthly Sustainability Cases here on the Blog that provide evidence of how changes are made in concrete ways through work. Therefore, we share with you some of these stories, full of protagonism, humanity and growth:
These cases are specific experiences, specific to ADC, but there are many ways to respond to the goals of ODS8, which you can know in full here and learn about which indicators organizations can use to measure the impacts of their respective activities that connect to SDG8, by consulting the Research and Applied Economics Institute (IPEA).
For us, introducing people to decent work is like continuous eating that gives energy so that the centrality of the human being becomes powerful! And this has everything to do with the our work method, from which we start from reality to learn, create and innovate, in addition to being a response directly connected to the specific goal of SDG8: “Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job generation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro, small and medium-sized companies, including through access to financial services”.
In a pandemic moment, it is impressive to see how all our activities are born from this perspective of work. ADC’s mission never seemed to make as much sense as it does now and it is a joy to see how people, even the most vulnerable, can become protagonists in the processes of change within a horizon of local and inclusive development.