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SDG 8. PROMOTE SUSTAINED, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, FULL AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL


BY CHOOSING PEFC PRODUCTS 
YOU ENSURE THAT FOREST-BASED PRODUCTS CONTRIBUTE TO A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THAT WORKERS RIGHTS ARE RESPECTED

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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. 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.



Forests & Decent work and economic growth

Forests make up 22.2% of household incomes in developing countries (Cifor)

Forests and their value chains are of critical importance for sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, especially in remote rural areas.

Still characterized by high informality and with a strong presence of small and medium-sized enterprises as well as family labor, the forest industry can have an important impact on improving working conditions and alleviating poverty if employment is increased and the quality of job posts improved.

Worldwide, the number of small- and medium-sized forest enterprises is estimated at 45 million, including formal and informal enterprises, which constitute about 80–90 percent of enterprises in the sector.



PEFC’s contribution to SDG #8

PEFC social requirements promote equal opportunities & non-discrimination within the forest workforce

Since its creation in 1999, PEFC has placed emphasis on promoting and securing decent jobs, with a focus on family, small- and medium-sized businesses. In addition to requirements concerning compliance with core ILO conventions, several other provisions in PEFC’s sustainable forest management standard deal with job-related issues, requiring safe working conditions, working hours, minimum wages as well as equal opportunities, non-discrimination and freedom from workplace harassment.

Another potentially important source of economic income is sustainable tourism, which calls for adequate public access to forests for the purpose of recreation.

For certification to work for smallholders as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises, PEFC created Group Certification – this allows participants to spread the costs, share the administration and organisational procedures and provide economies of scale.

 SDG 8



PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requirements contributing to SDG #8:

6.3.3 Fundamental ILO conventions: Forest practices and operations shall comply with fundamental ILO conventions. In countries where a fundamental convention has not been ratified and its content is not covered by applicable legislation, specific requirements shall be included in the forest management standard.


6.3.4
Health, safety and working conditions

6.3.4.2 Working conditions shall be safe, and guidance and training in safe working practices shall be provided to all those assigned to a task in forest operations. Working hours and leave shall comply with national laws or applicable collective agreements.

6.3.4.3 Wages of local and migrant forest workers as well as of contractors and other operators operating in PEFC-certified areas shall meet or exceed at least legal, industry minimum standards or, where applicable, collective bargaining agreements.

6.3.4.4 The organisation is committed to equal opportunities, non-discrimination and freedom from workplace harassment. Gender equality shall be promoted.


8.3.2:
Maintenance and encouragement of productive functions of forests: Sound economic performance shall be pursued, taking into account possibilities for new markets and economic activities in connection with all relevant goods and services of forests.


8.6
Maintenance or appropriate enhancement of socio-economic functions and conditions

8.6.2 Adequate public access to forests for the purpose of recreation shall be provided, taking into account respect for ownership rights, safety and the rights of others, the effects on forest resources and ecosystems, as well as compatibility with other functions of the forest.

8.6.4 Management shall promote the long-term health and well-being of communities within or adjacent to the forest management area, where appropriate supported by engagement with local communities and indigenous peoples.

8.6.6 Management shall give due regard to the role of forestry in local economies. Special consideration shall be given to new opportunities for training and employment of local people, including indigenous peoples.

 

>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

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