Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

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SDG8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

"With regard to SDG 8 'decent work and economic growth', sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work are moving towards the respective sustainable development objectives. The EU increased its real GDP per capita, while significantly improving resource productivity. Also, the European labour market started to improve again, with long-term unemployment and the number of young people not in employment, education or training declining, while visible progress was made in creating safer working environments. The EU's employment rate has risen substantially since 2013. If the rate continues to increase at this pace, the Europe 2020 target to achieve an employment rate of 75 % is still within reach." ( 2017:15)

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Interesting references: (Graugaard, 2012) (North, 2010) (Berlin, 2016) (Swaak, 2012) (Galaz et al., 2011) (Warner, 2013)

Most CLI do not back the goal of “Economic Growth” considering it one of the major causes/drivers of the unsustainable situation and path we are still moving in. Ecovillages and Transition initiatives are known to have tested and developed local complementary and alternative economic models, fostering more sustainable and regenerative behaviours of the community embracing these new models. Some of these initiatives even created local currencies and do cultivate market-based forms of innovation

Most of the CLI do create direct benefits for all its members (averaging 130€ a year/ member) and do create sustainable jobs and enterprises, at least some part-time employment. (Common policy 3 projects, report).