WBCSD envisions a Future of Work in which people work to thrive personally, professionally and as active members of society
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR A PERSON’S LIFE…
We are financially secure and free of anxiety for our livelihoods.
We enjoy physical and mental well-being
We are empowered to shape our lifestyles and career paths.
We feel proud of our personal accomplishments and contributions.
WHAT THIS MEANS PRACTICALLY
People have access to fair pay and financial security and are free of anxiety for their livelihoods. People are able to provide for their families, invest in their dreams, and contribute to their communities. Individuals are empowered to develop the skills needed for work, life and future employability. They can access the education and training needed to perform their work well and build opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Businesses are transparent, inclusive and connected. They provide meaningful work that contributes to society, and opportunities for people and economies to grow. Workplaces are safe spaces that protect and nurture people’s physical and mental well-being and encourage them to build meaningful connections.
The labor market is adaptive, inclusive and geared towards providing opportunities for all.
A strengthened social contract builds trust, alignment and cooperation between individuals, governments, business and society.
Where is innovation needed to deliver on our vision? Where can companies generate value today, and where is collaboration needed to develop integrated solutions? WBCSD’s research identified the following three innovation spaces:
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE
Defining a responsible business approach to the implementation of new technology, building foundations of fair and meaningful work with respect, transparency and trust.
READINESS FOR THE FUTURE
Creating tools, strategies and business models to contribute to building resilience in the workforce, in organizations, in labor markets and in social support mechanisms.
- Firmenich: Globalizing employee benefits [highlight]
- Hitachi: Accelerating the development of data scientists [highlight]
- Honda: Changing perceptions on robots [highlight]
- IKEA: Paying a real living wage [highlight]
- KPMG: Enabling social mobility [highlight]
- PwC: Addressing the gender gap in tech [highlight]
- Randstad: Measuring and optimizing employability through big data [highlight]
- Santander: Strategic workforce planning [highlight]
- Solvay: Stepping ahead of the curve on employee protection [highlight]
- Vale: Investing in human operators [highlight] [case study]
TECHNOLOGY FOR THE FUTURE
Aiming to be front-runners in developing and implementing new technical solutions for social good, to better enable an equitable, diverse, inclusive and empowering future of work, with people at the center.
- Fujitsu: Human-centric workstyle transformation [highlight]
- Hitachi: Using AI to increase workers’ happiness [highlight] [case study]
- Microsoft: AI empowering people with disabilities [highlight]
- Randstad: Digitalizing Human Resource services [highlight]
- Unilever: Games and algorithms to hire talent [highlight]
A collaborative approach will be needed to respond to the systemic challenges we face. Partnerships with governments, experts, educational institutions and civil society have a stake in shaping solutions that create value for people and society.
Policies & Incentives (financial & non-financial)
Education systems and institutions
Social security systems