An Angle-Saxon origin term that has been extended to explain labor skills is that of EMPLOYABILITY, from the combination of the words “employ” and “ability”.
From FORS, we adopt the definition given by Peter Weinberg at the World Education Forum (Porto Alegre, 2004), according to which: “Employability entails the skill, knowledge and competence that enhance workers’ ability to find and retain a job, to progress at work and cope with change, to choose another job if they wish or are laid off, and to get, more easily, into the labor market at different periods of their life”.
Facing the complexity of this phenomenon, this Third International Congress on Social Responsibility will take a dual approach. On the one hand, an approach based on the current socio-economic situation of the country and the region, exposing the state of maturity in which education, professional training and employment are in this context.
On the other hand, and as from such analysis, it will be possible to evaluate the potential effect of the training supply, of actual requirements of companies and, thus, to organize the demand for both training and employment of the population. Therefore, we aim at advancing in a more robust understanding of the interrelation between both approaches, considered in the context of the task that we are engaged in, from the Social Responsibility Observatory (FORS, Spanish acronym).
We believe that Social Responsibility is the right tool to encourage intra and inter-sectoral considerations and discussions (i.e. Environmental approach), giving way to transforming certain commitments into concrete actions, where there be carefully considered the expectations and roles to be performed by each actor in the SR to be able to achieve effective synergy between the productive sector and the potential of our human and natural resources, involved in the identification of needs.