Businesses and Governments need to ensure jobs and skills are supported if the world is to realise ambitions for a circular economy. This is according to a new positioning paper, Jobs & Skills in the Circular Economy, State of Play and Future Pathways. The report marks the launch of the Circular Jobs Initiative, from Circle Economy.
If managed well, the transition to the circular economy will have multiple benefits for the labour market: raising the number of jobs, as well as job standards globally. However, there is a risk that it could also lead to skill gaps if businesses and governments are unprepared. Further, global sustainability targets could be entirely missed unless more attention is paid to supporting the labour power that will deliver on these ambitions.
The report sets out the current status of jobs and skills in the circular economy. It explores the opportunities for the labour market and the challenges that need to be overcome. It also lays out how the Circular Jobs Initiative will play a role in helping to achieve this change. It aims to mobilise stakeholders from industry, policy and civil society and encourages collaboration in overcoming the challenges presented by climate change and our current economic system.
“As we reimagine how we use and value resources in a circular economy, we have the valuable opportunity to also redefine work. The labour market needs to be inclusive, offer quality jobs and train the workforce in the skills necessary for the systems shift. The Circular Jobs Initiative aims to ensure we create a labour market that allows both workers and the planet to thrive.” - Joke Dufourmont, Lead of the Circular Jobs Initiative
The launch of the Circular Jobs Initiative was marked by events in Amsterdam, New York City and Brussels. Have you missed our launch events? Would you like to meet us during our next event? Sign up to our newsletter below to receive all relevant invitations and stay in the loop on the Circular Jobs Initiative.
This project was made possible thanks to the support of the Goldschmeding Foundation.