Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Students can contribute to SDG 8 by collaborating, speaking and acting for decent work and positive economic change. They can do so by seizing and creating opportunities to develop, plan and implement entrepreneurial projects with positive ecological and social impact. This requires their capability to think in a systematic way in order to craft “pictures” of the future in which the ecological, social and economic impact of their individual short term decisions is viewed on a global scale and in the long term. It also requires the students’ capability to facilitate sustainable change processes, in order to contribute to a society and economy which ‘meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer’ (Raworth, 2017).
You can empower your students to become sustainability leaders for SDG 8 by fostering during your courses values-driven leadership, sustainable consumption and sustainable entrepreneurship. SDG 8 includes sub-targets related to: sustainable economic growth, financial services and economic productivity, global resource efficiency, entrepreneurship and innovation, job creation, employment and decent work, youth employment, forced labour, human trafficking and child labour, labour rights, including migrant workers and those in precarious employment. In your classroom, you can link this SDG to themes such as working conditions, labour rights and inclusive labour market, sustainable consumption and sustainable business models.