Green jobs

In Bangladesh, the green jobs initiative is a joint programme of the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the ILO. It aims to empower women and men at the local level by creating green jobs that will help reduce poverty and environmental damage, and ensure decent work.

The ILO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific Region is implementing the green jobs initiative in Bangladesh, India and China. The primary objective is to create linkages between employment and environment policies, and bring them closer to sustainable development. Secondly, it aims to develop a network to document and share experiences and good practices relevant to the region.

January 1, 2008 – 31 December, 2009

In July 2008, a workshop on Green Jobs Initiatives was held in Bangladesh to introduce and raise awareness of the concept of Green Jobs. Participants at the workshop expressed support for Bangladesh as a pilot country on ILO Green Jobs initiatives, noting that as a first step, there was a need to undertake an inventory of existing green jobs initiatives.

On December 4, 2008, the Green Jobs Initiative in Bangladesh was formally launched by the Ministry of Labour and the ILO. This Initiative is being rolled out with the ILO’s tripartite constituents; the Government, BEF, NCCWE, and private partners such as Grameen Shakti and Waste Concern. A Task Force chaired by the Secretary Ministry of Labour and Employment was formulated to develop the action plan on green jobs as part of the development process towards green jobs and its linkages with sustainable development and employment.

‘Green Jobs’ initiative in Bangladesh is a relatively new programme with future potentials. The primary objective is to create linkages between employment and environment policies and to bring them closer to sustainable development. Green jobs reduce the environmental impact of enterprises and economic sectors, ultimately to levels that are sustainable, while also meeting the standards required for ‘decent work’.

Key Areas of Work in Bangladesh

1. Assessment of green jobs in four sectors: agriculture,renewable energy, waste management and construction.

2. Strengthening the work of the existing partner organizations,such as the training of women entrepreneurs.

3. Enhancing policies, particularly the links between those thatrelate to green jobs, decent employment and sustaining the environment.

4. Sharing knowledge, lessons learnt and documenting results.

Private partner organizations:

Grameen Shakti and Waste Concern are non governmental research based organizations, working closely with government, private sector and local communities to improve environment.

For more information please contact:

Harunur Rashid
ILO Dhaka, Email, Office: (880 2) 9883973 9883978