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GISC Publishes Reducing Poverty Through Employment Toolkit

New Toolkit will help companies develop inclusive hiring practices and begin to unlock their potential for tackling poverty through employment

This Global Goals Week, GISC is connecting SDG1 and SDG8 and helping companies to reduce poverty through employment.

Globally, millions of individuals and families subsist below the international extreme poverty line, and many more live below national poverty lines. Employing and training these individuals for quality work opportunities with career advancement potential is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty. Importantly for companies, it is also an investment that can create business value and build competitive advantage amidst evolving labor markets and increasing customer and stakeholder expectations for the private sector to contribute to sustainable development.

The Reducing Poverty through Employment Toolkit helps companies develop inclusive hiring practices and begin to unlock their potential for tackling poverty through employment. Through literature review and drawing on the knowledge and good practices of its member companies around the globe, GISC has identified good practices, case examples, and resources for companies to begin developing inclusive hiring practices and actively employing and empowering people living below the poverty line. The good practices are categorized across the following sections:

  1. Setting the tone for inclusive employment through commitments, communication, and culture
  2. Making adaptations across the employee life cycle to better identify, integrate, and empower low-income job seekers
  3. Offering quality terms of employment that support sustainable livelihoods
  4. Developing supplemental employee offerings that enable employment and build resilience

The Toolkit gives practical advice on how to implement these good practices, and examples of the practices in action. It is intended as a resource for all employers at all stages of their inclusive employment journeys. Download your free copy here.

Learn more about how companies are using the Toolkit by joining a webinar on October 17, 2019 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada), which is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Register here.