Ethical Perspectives on the Future of Work

Geneva, 6 March 2019 - To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a new publication explores what faith-based organizations can contribute to shaping the future of work.

The publication Rethinking Labour: Ethical Reflections on the Future of Work addresses some of the challenges of labor markets today. Rooted in the long-standing concern of the Church to improve labor conditions worldwide, the publication seeks to integrate the human dimension, the centrality of human dignity and the common good within discussions about the future of work.

In Jordan, Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians have access to income-generating opportunities through ICMC vocational training courses, like hairdressing and plumbing. Upon graduation, participants receive a certification that enables them to find jobs in the local market or start their own business. © Stefano Schirato / ICMC Published by the Caritas in Veritate Foundation and the project The Future of Work, Labour After Laudato Sì, Rethinking Labour offers insights from dozens of contributors on topics that range from work conditions among migrant populations to the effects of technology on the workforce. The publication is a contribution to marking the ILO centenary in 2019.

Among the contributions, Rethinking Labour includes a case study on livelihood programs implemented in Jordan and Pakistan by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC).

In Pakistan, the program aimed to help Afghan refugees develop income-generating activities. Likewise, Syrian refugees in Jordan struggled to find regular employment due to limited job opportunities and a lack of specialized training.

In both cases, vocational training facilitated employability by providing skills useful both in the country of refuge and in their country of origin should they return. The case study includes personal stories of refugees who benefited from these programs.

The project The Future of Work, Labour After Laudato Sì, is coordinated by ICMC and carried out in collaboration with the ILO and the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

The project seeks to enable Catholic-inspired and other faith-based organizations to contribute to the promotion and implementation of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sì in areas related to work and dialogue between employers’ and workers’ organizations.


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