10 September 2018

IOE-B20-Deloitte Global Employers’ Forum, G20 Labour Ministerial and Launch of B20-L20 Statement in Mendoza, Argentina highlight the Future of Work, Skills Development and Implementation of G20 Commitments

On 6 and 7 September the G20 employment process under the Argentina G20 Presidency culminated in a series of events in Mendoza: the IOE-B20-Deloitte Global Employers’ Forum, the G20 Labour Ministerial, and the launch of both the B20-L20 joint statement and the IOE-Deloitte-B20-BIAC G20 implementation report.


Global Employers' Forum


This year's Global Employers' Forum on 6 September was led by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Business 20 (B20) and Deloitte. The Forum gathered high-level speakers from major companies Deloitte, Randstad, Adecco, Microsoft, and Globant, and from international organisations, including ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and OECD Director for Employment and Social Affairs, Stefano Scarpetta, who discussed a range of issues including the future of work; the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; informality and measures to tackle it; inclusion policies; and skills acquisition to mitigate training inequalities, among others. Click here to find highlights of the meeting on Twitter.


Participants had the opportunity to talk to G20 Labour Ministers during a dinner jointly organised by the IOE, BIAC, Deloitte, B20, L20, ITUC and TUAC and to participate in the launch of the joint Deloitte/IOE/B20 Report "Ten years on: The G20 Employment Process – Successes, Challenges and Impacts", which takes stock of the impact, effectiveness and efficiency of the G20 employment process. 


IOE-BIAC-Deloitte-B20 report: Ten years on: The G20 Employment Process – Successes, Challenges and Impacts 


Key findings of the report are:

  • G20 National Employment Plans generally went in the right direction with their respective focus. However, there is room for improvement with regard to their ambitions. The implementation of the plans was generally satisfactory.
  • There is a clear lack of involvement of the social partners in the development and implementation of National Employment Plans. The report represents a call for action for much better engagement of the social partners in the follow-up of G20 commitments. This is not only important to ensure that actions are really taken, but also that they are legitimate.
  • The overall impact of the G20 employment process has been modest, indicating  that the potential of the G20 has not been fully harnessed.

The report is available via the link in the side panel.


B20-L20 Joint statement to G20 Labour Ministers: "A common message on Skills and Social Protection for inclusive growth"


On 6 September the B20 and L20 presented their joint statement to the Labour Ministers. The IOE was deeply engaged in the negotiations of the statement which includes, among others, the following: 

  • Support for a rules-based multilateral system and international cooperation.
  • A call for G20 action to promote open, dynamic and inclusive labour markets.
  • A request for modern skills-building systems aligned with labour market needs.
  • A call for better implementation of G20 commitments at national level.
  • A call for adequate, comprehensive and portable social protection systems.

The B20-L20 statement is available via the link in the side panel.


G20 Labour Ministers' Meeting


IOE President Erol Kiresepi presented the business priorities on modernising social protection systems to the G20 Labour Ministers who met on 6 and 7 September.


Key outcomes of the meeting are the commitments of the G20 Governments to:

  • Enhance their understanding of emerging employment trends, and, as needed, improve labour market governance, legal frameworks, institutions, and policy approaches.
  • Address income inequalities.
  • Support people to develop relevant skills through re-skilling and up-skilling strategies in order to increase their employability.
  • Advance the implementation of the G20 Entrepreneurship Action Plan.
  • Ensure that new forms of employment are in the formal economy.
  • Make social protection more sustainable, adaptable and responsive to the new social and labour market dynamics.
  • Enable women to participate equally in the digital economy, increasing the participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related skills training.
  • Promote the participation of persons with disabilities in the labour market.
  • Foster social dialogue and new partnerships such as international framework agreements.
  • Promote due diligence and transparency in global supply chains.

The statement includes the recognition that certain forms of employment, such as part-time, temporary and third-party agency work, among others, present opportunities for job creation, including self-employment, labour mobility, access to the labour market, and the inclusion of vulnerable and underrepresented groups.


The G20 Labour Ministers’ statement is available via the link in the side panel.


The next meeting in this process is the B20 Summit on 4 and 5 October in Buenos Aires. The public policy recommendations of the B20 will then be presented to G20 Leaders.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Matthias Thorns

Director of Stakeholder Engagement

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