SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth


SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Did you know?

Air transport supports over 63 million jobs worldwide and $2.7 trillion to global GDP, 3.5% of the global total.

Relevance to aviation

As well as providing skilled and often high-value employment opportunities, aviation supports some key areas of economic development through the connectivity it provides. This includes transporting around a third of world trade by value and 54% of global tourists.

Examples of action
  • French aerospace manufacturer, Safran, has been running operations in Mexico for over 20 years, providing jobs and supporting economic growth in the country.
  • Engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, is investing in a new facility in Bangalore, India, which will employ 500 people by the end of 2017.
  • Honeywell Aerospace launched a $100 million investment fund in May 2017 aimed at supporting technology start-ups, mainly in the aerospace field.
  • Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier Aerospace, operates a manufacturing facility in Morocco, creating jobs in the country.
  • Aviation is responsible for supporting roughly 5.2% of Kenyan GDP.
  • Commercial aviation in the United States is responsible for 5% of GDP, while contributing less than 2% of domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Airbus International Framework Agreement provides a framework for the respect of social rights in all countries where the company operates. Airbus also reaffirmed its commitment to combatting modern slavery through its Modern Slavery Act statement.
  • ICAO promotes the delivery of efficient and comprehensive air navigation services through the globally-planned initiatives set out in its Global Air Navigation Plan.

Learn more in the Flying in Formation report