The ILO’s Green Jobs Programme

Organizational description | 18 April 2016
The Green Jobs Programme signals ILO’s commitment to act on climate change and to promote resource efficient and low-carbon societies. 

Decent work is a cornerstone for effective policies to green economies for achieving sustainable development. This implies that efforts to reduce adverse environmental impact must lead to socially just outcomes with employment opportunities for all.

The Green Jobs Programme has progressively assisted over 30 countries by building relevant ILO expertise and tools in dedicated areas of work.

The Programme’s services include:
  • Knowledge creation by documenting experiences, conducting global, regional and sectoral studies, and producing flagship reports and guidelines on the linkages between labour and environmental issues.
  • Advocacy by building partnerships, such as PAGE, and engaging in dialogues and key negotiation processes for increased international policy coherence. The ILO contributed actively to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.
  • Capacity building by providing stakeholders with opportunities to learn about key green jobs concepts, suitable approaches, existing tools and best practices. Training programmes, offered in collaboration with ITC-ILO’s Green Jobs Learning Cluster, at international, regional and national level, aim to provide stakeholders with the necessary knowledge to engage efficiently in strategy design for green jobs creation.
  • Diagnostics and prioritization by identifying economic sectors with high potential for green job creation through national green jobs assessments;
  • Pilot projects whereby tools for sectoral and thematic approaches are developed and tested such as green entrepreneurship, the greening of enterprises and local development of infrastructure for adaptation to climate change.
  • Policy advice for the formulation and implementation of effective national or sectoral policies that create green jobs, foster social inclusion and improve sustainability;
  • Knowledge sharing so that others can learn from best practices and country experiences.
In a nutshell, the Programme’s holistic approach is the following: