The Silver Workers Institute
Created in 2007, the Silver Workers Institute is an independent and apolitical research and information centre based in Geneva.
Based on the extensive work of the "Four Pillars" (Ageing, Pensions and Employment) research programme launched in 1987 by The Geneva Association, the aim of The Silver Workers Institute is to study the work environment of seniors (with a view to identifying problem areas which hamper full utilisation of this workforce) and to propose policy actionùfor companies and governments – in response to demographic change, to pension reforms and to the challenge of expanding the productive capacity of our societies.
A crucial part of this mission is to raise awareness of how the active ageing of seniors can be positive for our firms and communities not only economically but also socially. In a changing demographic context Active Ageing and Silver Work constitute key solutions to improved social cohesion and financing of pensions in future decades.
The Silver Workers Institute organises, co-organises and supports a wide range of activities in the following areas:
- Dissemination of information
- Research and publications
- Seminars and conferences
- Consultancy services to companies and public agencies
- International networking.
The Institute was established following an important survey of post-retirement activities—economic and voluntary work by frequently "retired" persons—in Germany. This new piece of research was conjointly conducted by the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and The Geneva Association.
Three organisations contribute to the Silver Workers Institute: The Geneva Association, Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany) and The Risk Institute, Trieste (Italy).
►An empirical study of post-retirement activities—Economic and voluntary work of retired staff, to download, please click here.