Labour & the environment

Background paper • Briefing note


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IGOs • NGOs • WILL 2006

European Commission

Though not strictly an "inter-governmental organisation," the EU is addressing what it sees as the positive linkages between environmental policy and employment policy. It website on Environment and Employment states:

"Environment policies contribute to job creation and social inclusion in the EU. Studies show that environmental policy is not a job-killer but instead has neutral or even mildly positive impact on the number of people in work...There is also a clear link between social inclusion and the quality of the environment... In short: environment policies can contribute to employment objectives and vice versa, in line with the concept of sustainable development."

Key documents

On the links between employment policies and environment policies (2005)

Press note related to the above paper (2005)

The effects of environmental policy on European business and its competitiveness (2004)