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The Francqui International Conference 2014, Brussels, Palais des Académies, 8-9 May 2014


The EU’s Fifth Project: Transitional Governance in the Service of Sustainable Societies


Equality, Sustainability and Wellbeing

by Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson and Roberto de Vogli


[full-text, 17 pages]


[The study found that a higher employee representation on company boards would help reduce inequalities].


See the above in context at

EU prepares first 'social monitoring' report





Over the next generation or so, politics seem likely to be dominated either by efforts to prevent runaway

global warming or, if they fail, by attempts to deal with its consequences. Carbon emissions per head in rich

countries are between two and five times higher than the world average. But cutting their emissions by a half or

four-fifths will not be enough: world totals are already too high and allowances must be made for economic

growth in poorer countries. In this paper, we consider how greater equality and policies to reduce carbon

emissions need to be considered simultaneously.


When people think about how to move our societies towards sustainability, they usually think simply

about reducing our collective environmental impact. But the related question, of how human

wellbeing can be produced more efficiently, is often ignored. Modern economic systems are

disastrously inefficient ways of producing well being.The vast majority of people in rich countries live at

historically unprecedented standards of comfort and luxury. Yet between 10 and 25 percent of their

populations suffer some form of mental illness each year (as measured by WHO standard diagnostic



That wellbeing and National Income per capita have parted company in richer countries has been

shown many times. 3-6 But what should we do if we want to maximise wellbeing at the same time as

moving towards sustainability? Greater equality has a central role to play in achieving both objectives.

Reducing the income gap between rich and poor can help free us from consumerism – the greatest threat

to sustainability – while at the same time making powerful direct contributions to the wellbeing of

whole societies.



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