Not just emissions: why a green recovery from Covid-19 means more jobs
(Reuters, 23 Nov 2020) Companies can show real leadership by partnering with governments to ensure that green stimulus measures translate into good jobs.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began it has become clear that even an international health crisis doesn’t lessen other global crises like climate change or racial inequality.
It has also illustrated that the hardships that come with a widespread economic slowdown need to be tackled urgently.
Estimates from the International Labour Organization suggest that the second half of 2020 will see a decline in global working hours equivalent to the loss of 34 million full-time jobs.
This is a seismic loss for communities struggling with the health impacts of the virus, with the added tragedy that these impacts are often felt more acutely by vulnerable people, including those in developing economies and black and ethnic minority communities.