Green jobs

The ‘Green Jobs Initiative in Bangladesh’ was officially launched on 4 December 2008, jointly by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, and the ILO. Green jobs are found in many sectors of the economy, ranging from energy supply and recycling of waste to agriculture, construction and transportation sectors.

The ILO Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific is implementing the green jobs initiative in three countries namely, Bangladesh, China and India. In Bangladesh the project is being implemented in collaboration with the tripartite constituents; the Government, Bangladesh Employers Federation, National Coordination Committee for Workers Education, and private partners such as Grameen Shakti and Waste Concern.

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’. At the regional level, the project aims to develop a network of documentation and to share experiences and good practices.

In Bangladesh, the following studies on green jobs have been conducted:

1. “Preliminary assessment of green jobs in renewable energy, waste management and construction” by Waste Concern;

2. “Assessment of green jobs in the agriculture sector” by agriculture consultant.

Currently, the third study by Waste Concern is under process for an in depth analysis on the three sectors: renewable energy, waste management and construction, with particular focus on the Value Chain Assessment (VCA) of the renewable energy sector.

In addition to this, Grameen Shakti is developing the training manuals for women entrepreneurs, and conducting training of women for promotion of green jobs in the solar energy sector.

For further information please contact:

Mr Harunur Rashid
Programme Officer
House # SE(G) 2, Road # 140, Gulshan-1
Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh