Developing evidence-based responses to SME needs
Despite substantial research, the win-win scenario is often ignored, and the many benefits that decent and responsible practices generate for enterprises, workers, communities and economies, are overlooked.
An ILO inter-departmental project is now exploring and exposing the ‘win-win’ evidence, through targeted research from a range of perspectives. The aim of this collaborative effort is to strengthen the evidence base relating to the existence of a win-win scenario and use this evidence as a foundation on which to build future ILO interventions and policy guidance. The initial project focus will be on literature/data reviews relating to the interconnections between enterprise productivity, conditions of work and skills development, as a starting point for identifying cause and effect relationships in the developing countries SME context. Subsequently, it will develop one or more new intervention models and adapted tools, which will be subjected to ground-level testing and refinement.
- The ILO contribution to the G20 Task Force on Employment
- Can better working conditions improve the performance of SMEs?: An international literature review
The research planThe ultimate objective of this project is to develop an evidence-based intervention model (including intervention tools) that addresses the issues impacting on SMEs and those that work with them. With this in mind, it brings together ILO experts on working conditions, safety and health, skills’ development, and enterprise development, to ensure a rounded perspective on the complexity of issues involved.
During the current biennium (to December 2013) this cross-departmental team will work together with respected research institutes on a series of research papers that review empirical evidence and lessons learned from past interventions. This research will be shared during an International Research Conference planned for 9 and 10 May 2013.
Moving into the next biennium (2014-15), proposed intervention models and tools will be tested at the national level, eventually forming the basis of one or more tested, evidence–based, intervention model that provides an improved response to SME issues.
|Vision Statement: ILO Global Product No. 154|
To drive economic growth and achieve better working and living conditions for a majority of workers, by enabling SMEs to adopt practices that capitalize on the synergies between higher productivity and improved skills, working conditions and occupational safety and health.