This month, we’re moving our focus to UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are an urgent call to action set by the United Nations to improve quality of life and wellbeing for al by 2030.
Here at the Foundation, we have made a commitment to working with our donors and fundholders to show how their investments, time and donations make a local impact through these goals. We have incorporated the UN SDGs into our charitable activity and, as part of this commitment, each staff member has partnered with a trustee to champion a goal of their choosing.
Anthony Brinklow, our Grants Co-ordinator, is our staff champion for UN SDG 8 and said: “I chose to champion UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth because I passionately believe that everyone has a right to a fulfilling and decent work life. By ensuring positive opportunities for all, it leads to a stronger and happier society.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the worst global economic recession since the Great Depression, along with huge damage to both working time and income. In 2020, 8.8% of global working hours were lost, which is equivalent to 255 million full time jobs worldwide.
In the UK, the hospitality sector was hit particularly hard. Restrictions significantly impacted trading, with one in five hospitality businesses stating they had ‘low confidence’ that their businesses would survive the next three months in March of this year. In January, 56% of eligible jobs in food and accommodation were furloughed, compared to 16% across all industries.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation has made several grant awards relating to decent work and economic growth since adopting the UN SDGs into its charitable activity.
Café Track received several grant awards through our Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund to support projects developing people’s employability skills.
The Core at Corby Cube received funding to employ artists for a wellbeing telephone service for members of the public throughout the public health crisis.
Last year, we launched a series of online Community Conversations to help promote the goals locally and to show how our work enables us to ‘think global and act local.’ Each conversation brings together local people to discuss solutions to tackle these UN SDGs. Our next conversation takes place on Thursday 10 June. The conversation will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel, website and across our social media channels.