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Social Innovation Stories: how private employment services reinvent working, learning and social protection

Training girls for IT jobs, helping army veterans to transition into civilian jobs, enabling people with disabilities to offer their talents to employers, providing stability to agency workers through social benefits, certifying employment firms to guarantee reputable providers,… all across the globe, members of the World Employment Confederation are setting up initiatives to fit the new world and its diverse forms of work. A new website showcases these best practices.

Published on 1st November 2019

With the evolution of labour markets towards increasing diversity – of workers, of forms of work, of work ecosystems – there is an urgent need for a whole new social policy, where social and work protection is centred on the individual, rather than on the employer as has been the case for the past 100 years.

As a champion of diversity in the workplace, the private employment services sector has long recognised these needs and is already providing many of these services to its workers. The new Social Innovation Stories website launched by the World Employment Confederation aims at showcasing the variety of initiatives that its members are implementing across the world. With eight corporate members and 49 national federations, the World Employment Confederation represents a significant share of the industry.

The website counts 30 cases at this stage. It will be regularly updated and expanded with new stories. There are different ways to explore the database. Navigate the interactive map to see initiatives in a specific country or use the filters to find cases related to specific topics (skills, social protection, inclusiveness, etc.), WEC members or the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Social innovation is defined by the World Employment Confederation as the implementation of new solutions for working, learning and social protection for the benefit of workers, employers and society in general. In its Manifesto “No future of work without social innovation”, the World Employment Confederation suggests five sets of recommendations and clear calls for action to help building futureproof labour markets.

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