SCORE-ing big! How a cooperative approach to improved work conditions in SMEs can increase productivity

Gao Yun, Representative of the ETI Office for South East Asia and Michael Elkin, Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO SCORE Programme

Improving SMEs workplace practices can help them achieve better productivity. The ILO’s SCORE Training programme is helping companies in China improve work conditions, and participants say it is working.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up 60 per cent of China’s national industrial output and create nearly 80 per cent of jobs.

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Embracing disability as a diversity factor in the 21st century’s world of work

Jürgen Menze

Jürgen Menze,
Disability Inclusion Officer

Including persons with disabilities as employees, customers and business partner is clearly the smart thing to do from a business point of view. Yet, while companies increasingly recognize the benefits of building and retaining diverse workforces, they often neglect disability in their inclusion practices.

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Volunteers count. Their work deserves to be counted.

Rafael Diez de Medina

Rafael Diez de Medina, Chief Statistician and Director, ILO Department of Statistics

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly recognises volunteer groups as stakeholders to support grassroots implementation of the 17 Goals. And yet, statistics on volunteers, the work they do, the skills and time they contribute to improve the lives of others are, for the most part, lacking. The International Labour Organisation (ILO)—in partnership with UNV—wants to change that.

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