SDG 8 seeks to strengthen inclusive economic growth and promote decent, productive work for all. Even with current levels of growth, it is estimated that the number of unemployed globally will rise due to expanding labor forces. Progress towards SDG 8 requires both the creation of new jobs and steps to make work conditions fair and decent. To accomplish these goals and encourage growth, the provision of basic energy, tech, transportation, and education services is crucial.

SDG 8 is further refined by targets that can be more readily translated into actions. These targets highlight the interconnected nature of the goals. For example, strategies to support Decent Work and Economic Growth also promote SDG 1 (No Poverty), and SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure). This SDG Brief highlights a series of synergies that can come from providing access to products, services and systems that address Decent Work and Economic Growth.