Decent work

Protecting and promoting decent work is enshrined in global human rights frameworks and the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 8 - to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

The PRI uses the International Labour Organization (ILO) definition of what constitutes decent work:


Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all.

Discussion paper

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How investors can advance decent work


This paper will define the concept of decent work, emphasising a human-centric approach towards workers and their rights, in line with various global standards and frameworks.

Other resources


Incorporating decent work into capital allocation


This article summarises the key points made at a workshop regarding how signatories incorporate decent work and safeguard expectations into their capital allocation process.

The investor role in advancing decent work

The investor role in advancing decent work


This session will explore how and why investors should act on advancing the decent work agenda. It will focus on how the pandemic has exacerbated many of the pre-existing challenges, what minimum safeguards are needed to support decent work and how investors can harness the key transitions to support workers ...

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FIFA World Cup: What responsible investors can do to tackle labour issues


In this episode, we take a look at human rights issues in major sporting events, in particular, migrant work.

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Spotlight on human rights: impact of mass incarceration on equity and labour rights


This episode explores the impact of mass incarceration on people and also on their families and communities. It also looks at the involvement of investors and businesses in the prison system, particularly around contracted prison labour in companies’ supply chains and the actions they can take to mitigate negative social ...


Investor action on decent work would receive boost from SEC-mandated disclosures


By Remi Fernandez, Specialist, Human Rights & Social Issues, PRI, and Karen Kerschke, US Policy Analyst, PRI

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Spotlight on human rights: why investors should care about the union drive at Amazon


In this episode of the PRI’s human rights podcast series, the PRI’s Nabylah Abo Dehman speaks to Jennifer Bates, an Amazon worker who played a key role in organising the union drive in Bessemer, Alabama and Corey Klemmer, Director of Engagement at Domini Impact Investments.