USIP – Preventing Labor Unrest in Green Transitions

The growing climate crisis and environmental shocks have sparked an unprecedented need for industrialized nations and major corporations to make revolutionary and potentially traumatic transitions in their production systems. Without a well-thought strategy for the potential shocks of divestment from polluting industries, political blowback, labor unrest and social backlash may slow down and altogether derail transitional efforts. The fallout from haphazard or unjust transitions could also deepen social inequalities, spark recurring cycles of unrest, diminish productivity and make businesses less competitive. The international community needs to be prepared to offer viable solutions for the millions of vulnerable workers and their households as they grapple with finding new livelihoods.

Join USIP for a conversation on emerging research about the risks of unrest on the long road toward a more peaceful and just transition to greener economies in fragile contexts. Experts will share and discuss which approaches can more effectively prevent social and labor unrest as a potential effect of sudden changes that can shock transitioning societies. The discussion will also look at recent cases from diverse geographies that provide lessons learned from failed processes and those that offer the best practices from early successes.


May 17 2023


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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United States Institute of Peace

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