It’s Time to Reinvent Work

I have often said, we should seize the moment when we get the chance — in both our professional and personal lives. It’s the “Screw it, let’s do it” approach I’ve described many times. If there was ever a time for the world to seize the opportunity to commit to undertaking bold action, it’s now. 2015 is the year, and we have now reached the crucial weeks that matter most.

This month, the Global Goals will be adopted by the United Nations, with leaders from over 110 countries coming together in New York to show their commitment to eradicating poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and combatting climate change.

The good news, thanks in part to the Millennium Development Goals, is extreme poverty has been halved in the last 15 years, an incredible achievement that we should all take a moment to celebrate. And in even better news, over the next 15 years we can make more of an impact. Why stop now?

Goal 8 of the Sustainable Development Goals seeks to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” As an entrepreneur and an employer of many valued staff — Virgin has more than 65,000 employees — I truly understand the importance of the role that business can play in making this goal a reality, and changing so many lives for the better.

Goal 8 gives us the chance to prove that business can be a force for good, and support the creation of a thriving economy for people and the planet. Using business as a force for good is core value of the Virgin Group, and our non-profit foundation, Virgin Unite.

At Virgin we champion entrepreneurship programmes across the globe, such as the Graca Machel Trust, the —> Read More