Nature of Work and Globalization of Social Rights
People’s Food Sovereignty Statement
The Commons and World Governance
Governance of the World Banana Trade
Negative Growth or Sustainable Development?
For Global Reform, a Social Democratic Approach to Globalization
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
World Governance. A Personal European View
Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
What Amazonia Does the World Need?
Territories and Globalization: The Stakes of Development
Building Consensus on Food Safety Programs among Consumer and Public Health Organizations
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
Youth and World Governance
Transforming Capitalism: the Triple Crisis
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Moving Closer toward an International Standard on Corporate Social Responsibility
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Participate in the Drafting and Circulation of the Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
A new historical moment?
Governance for Sustainability
Moving Toward a New World Governance
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
The Future of the Commons
Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Statement No. 1
Letter to our readers and to the Mandela World Liberation Front
Pay matters. How much you earn can determine your lifestyle, where you can afford to live, and your aspirations and status. But to what extent does what we get paid confer ‘worth’? Beyond a narrow notion of productivity, what impact does our work have on the rest of society, and do the financial rewards we receive correspond to this? Do those that get more contribute more to society? With controversial bonuses being paid out in Christmas in bailed-out banks, the authors believe that it is time to ask challenging questions such as these. In this report, they calculate the value to society of a number of different jobs and advocates a fundamental rethink of how the value of work is recognized and rewarded.
In this report the NEF (New Economics Foundation) takes a new approach to looking at the value of work. We go beyond how much different professions are paid to look at what they contribute to society. We use some of the principles and valuation techniques of Social Return on Investment analysis to quantify the social, environmental and economic value that these roles produce—or in some cases undermine.
Our report tells the story of six different jobs. We have chosen jobs from across the private and public sectors and deliberately chosen ones that illustrate the problem. Three are low paid—a hospital cleaner, a recycling plant worker, and a childcare worker. The others are highly paid—a City banker, an advertising executive, and a tax accountant. We recognize that our incentives are created by the institutions and systems around us. It is not our intention, therefore, to target the individuals that do these jobs but rather to examine the professions themselves.