Catalyst 300 – Decent Work

Lack of decent work results in poverty as well as limited access to basic human rights including food, water, health care, and education. Many low-wage jobs threaten workers’ overall health and wellbeing through occupational hazards, workplace abuse, and long-term toxic exposures. Globally, 152 million children participate in child labor (ILO, 2017). This challenge promotes decent work that allows for global human health and wellbeing.

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Background Information

Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects, and Credo Reference provides hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and more in one place.

Credo direct link to topic pages: decent work, international labor standards, occupational safety

and health, child labor, sweatshops, violence in the workplace

Credo keyword search: occupational hazards, inequality, low wage work, poverty,

economic inequality


Reserve Books: Found in the Franzen Center for Academic Support on Floor 3A

Search Terms | link to search in catalog

Low-wage work, inequality, sweatshops, poverty, working conditions, labor rights

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Statistics and Government Sources

CIA World Factbook : Background information on each country in the world

Gallup polls: Public opinion polls regularly conducted on political, social, and economic issues. 

International Labour Organization: UN agency dedicated to setting global labor standards and

ensuring everyone has access to decent work.

Organization for Economic Development & Cooperation: Organization working to improve

inequalities around the globe, especially in regards to income inequality.

ProQuest Statistical Abstracts: Over 1400 indexed tables of statistics on the social, political, and

economic organization of the United States. Access to information from federal agencies

US Census Bureau: Access to data from federal surveys and censuses. 

UN Development Program: Sustainable Development Goals: “The Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.” Goal 8 is decent work and economic growth.” State of Wisconsin government and demographic information 

World Almanac: Annual book with political, economic, scientific, and educational statistics.

Found in Lane Library stacks: AY67 .N5 W7

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