The Adecco Group’s voice to be heard on the Future of Work

Ageing societies, skills shortages and the encroachment of robots and artificial intelligence are just three of the massive challenges facing the workforce of the future.

August 28, 2017

Ageing societies, skills shortages and the encroachment of robots and artificial intelligence are just three of the massive challenges facing the workforce of the future.


So it was with delight that the Adecco Group welcomed the decision by the International Labour Organisaton (ILO) to create a top level Global Commission on the Future of Work.


Convened under the aegis of the multilateral international body for global labour issues, the Commission will examine in detail all the issues related to tomorrow’s workplace. Scheduled to hold its first meeting in October, the Commission will focus on the relationship between work and society, the need to create decent jobs for all, how to organize work and production, and the governance of work.


Comprising 28 prominent thinkers and practitioners on labout issues from every corner of the globe, the commission will be chaired jointly by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, and Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden.


Representing the private sector will be Alain Dehaze, chief executive of the Adecco Group, as a member. “I am thrilled to be part of this important global initiative as I can bring the voice of our industry to the table, offering first-hand labour market insights and practical expertise2, said Mr Dehaze, head of the world’s leading workplace solution provider.


“Representing the world’s leading workforce solutions group, I witness how socio-economic, demographic and technological trends transform the workplace impacting both companies and workers. One of my goals is to build an inclusive future of work with opportunities for everyone”, he added.


The Commission’s work will be organized around the four key pillars of work and society; decent jobs for all; the organization of work and production; and the governance of work


Its labours will culminate in an independent report on how to achieve a future of work that provides decent and sustainable opportunities for all. The Commission will tackle the fundamental question of how a rapidly transforming world of work should be structured so that it can deliver on the values of social justice, with the findings to be submitted to the ILO’s centenary session in 2019.


Experts have already been working hard behind the scenes in preparation for the Commission’s creation. Over the past 18 months, governments, employers and worker organizations – the ILO’s tripartite constituents – have been holding discussion at national level in more than 110 countries. The outcome of these dialogues will feed directly into the Commission’s report.


“We cannot stop development, nor should we even try. What we need to do is come together: to harness innovation to improve the daily lives of millions, to use new technology to build cleaner and more sustainable societies, and at the same time create new jobs with better conditions for everyone. These objectives lie at the heart of this Commission”, noted Stefan Löfven, Sweden’s prime minister.


As the leading provider of workplace solutions, the Adecco Group looks daily for ways to best guarantee access to work and ensure sustainable relationships between employers and workers. Central to that task is interacting with partners from all walk of life.


Being invited into the Global Commission will reinforce the Adecco Group’s ability to help the international community prepare for tomorrow’s world of work. The Adecco Group has long advocated greater flexibility in labour markets, reflecting the wishes of younger generations and businesses around the world. But it has also always stressed the need for a level playing field for all, where security and fair play can be guaranteed.


The Adecco Group has also called for a more proactive approach from governments and industry to address growing skills gaps, both in traditional education and lifelong learning. Society also needs to find better ways to embrace talent in all its forms, including people with disabilities, minority groups and gender diversity, if we are to build a fairer world that can prosper in a rapidly-evolving world.


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