Decent Work and Economic Growth

Target Case studies
Promote development-oriented  policies that support

productive  activities, decent job creation,  entrepreneurship,

creativity and  innovation and encourage the  formalisation

and growth of  micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including

through access to financial services.

We contributed our expertise to working groups supporting the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, including the UK National Advisory Board and the Mission Alignment Working Group, examining how investors and others can trust that businesses that are driven by a social mission will continue to stay true to that mission into the future, beyond a change of ownership.

By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and

decent work for all women and men, including for young people

and persons with  disabilities and equal pay for work of equal value

In Madrid we support an organisation called Adisli, a Spanish not-for-profit that aims to support people with intellectual disabilities to live full and independent lives. This includes supporting people to find employment - Linklaters provide volunteers and facilities for employability training.

By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in 

employment, education or training                 

In partnership with Goldman Sachs in Brazil  we launched the LIFT  program which is aimed at mentoring university students from the  poorest neighbourhoods.  The pilot project was a success, with two of the original 14 participants hired by Goldman at the end of the school year.  For 2016, Bloomberg will also be supporting the program which will now accommodate two cohorts of 14 students and expand beyond the Zumbi dos Palmares University.

Take immediate and effective  measures to eradicate forced 

labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure

the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour

including recruitment and use of child soldiers and by 2025 end 

child labour in all its forms

Our report for Lawyers Without Borders on the legal and regulatory  framework around child labour in Nepal, was originally published in October 2015 and makes concrete recommendations for change to combat child trafficking, sexual exploitation and bonded labour. It has now been presented by Lawyers Without Borders to the Nepalese government.

For anti-human trafficking NGO Oasis Belgium, we compiled a legal toolkit relating to the social and immigration rights of trafficked Thai women. We also provided advice on collecting evidence to prosecute traffickers.

Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working

environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in 

particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.

We led a cross-firm landscape analysis on behalf of NGO Visayan Forum Foundation of the rights of fishing industry workers across 14 jurisdictions, which will facilitate modern slavery conditions being  addressed in the Philippines and elsewhere. Offices involved included Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Madrid, London, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

 

Our Hong Kong office runs a Sunday clinic for Helpers for Domestic  Helpers, an NGO that provides advice and guidance for foreign domestic workers. We co-ordinate the clinic, provide volunteers and also help with ad hoc pro bono requests.