World Employment and Social Outlook 2017

B-roll: Looking to the long-term sustainability of enterprises

Download video coverage of the press briefing to launch the World Employment and Social Outlook 2017 report on sustainable enterprises at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, with additional archive b-roll of skills training and workplaces.

Date issued: 09 October 2017 | Size/duration: 02:50

Duration:                    02:50

Location:                   press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland shot 9 October 2017 and archive b-roll from Spain, Germany and Haiti

Production date:       9 October 2017

Audio:                        natural sound (sound bites in English)

Rights:                         copyright ILO - ILO audio-visual material is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license

Video type:                b-roll

Keywords:                  small & medium-sized enterprises, private formal sector business, skills training, women workers, employment, job creation



With more than 201 million workers unemployed in 2017 - an increase of 3.4 million compared to 2016 – enterprises, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), play a crucial role in creating decent jobs around the globe.


Between 2003 and 2016, the number of full-time employees within SMEs nearly doubled, with the share of total employment attributable to SMEs rising from 31 per cent to 35 per cent, according to the ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2017: Sustainable Enterprises and Jobs.




00:00 – 00:22

Various cutaways of journalists cover press briefing at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and cover of report

00:22 – 00:58

Marva Corley-Coulibaly, Senior Economist, ILO (in English) :

“Although large enterprises tend to be responsible for the bulk of the employment in the formal sector we find that small and medium-sized enterprises are very important because they are quite dynamic in terms of creating jobs - and here we find that women’s employment in particular - because women represent a higher share of employment in small and medium enterprises than they do in large enterprises.   And this has implications of course not only for them entering the labour market and getting a job but also with respect to their ownership, because we find that there is also a higher share of ownership of these firms with respect to women.”

00:58 – 01:36

Deborah Greenfield, ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy (in English):

“What our report finds is that there’s no real savings, that is, you are not producing your goods any more cheaply when you hire temporary workers, than when you hire permanent workers for whom you are providing some form of benefits and also doing some kind of training.  Firms are always interested in being able to produce more for less and while temporary workers may come at a lower cost, in the end – in terms of wages – in the end they don’t produce the goods at a lower cost overall.”

01:36 – 01:57

Marva Corley-Coulibaly, Senior Economist, ILO (in English) :

“With respect to training of workers it might seem like a huge cost in the short-term but over the long-term it actually improves productivity, it also improves the wages of the workers without a particular impact with respect to competitiveness.  So it doesn’t increase unit labour costs for employment.”

01:57 – 02:08

Various of supermarket employees stacking shelves, Spain

02:08 – 02:18

Various computer skills training, female students, Germany

02:18 – 02:32

Various of factory floor, Germany

02:32 – 02:50

Various of female garment factory workers, Haiti