Solidarity and inclusion feature strongly at the heart of Green ideals. In the European context, many challenges lie ahead of us in these fields as a result of the economic crisis of the last decade, but also as a consequence of the political choices made and the policies implemented. In addition, changing demographic, social and cultural factors, as well as sustained declining levels of economic growth in our countries, push us to reinvent new systems of solidarity and new conceptions of work.
GEF undertakes research on the creation of employment with green and climate jobs and explores innovative paths such as basic income, work sharing and working time reduction. The foundation also explores the various notions of work beyond paid work, as well as care and gender divisions within the labour perspective. Only with new concepts like these can answers to the uncertainties created by automation and digitalisation, as well as by the ageing population and the multiplication of precarious work contracts and degraded working conditions be provided. The aim is to uncover the potential of these alternatives to deliver more freedom and security to everyone whilst reducing inequalities in our societies and addressing climate change.