Sweden Country Report and Technical Report. Overall score: 7.37. Download country and technical report here. Report summary: Sweden actively promotes gender equality and this is reflected in its relatively high score for the GCPI. However, its reliance on collective bargaining agreements mediated by trade unions leaves non-unionized workers without as many labor protections. The growing migrant domestic worker population in Sweden is particularly vulnerable.
Canada Country and Technical Report. Overall score: 6.47. Download country and technical report here.
Canada’s employment standards laws and mandatory social insurance scheme ensure that family caregivers and paid domestic workers are provided with a robust set of labor protections. However, Canada has much room for improvement in supporting flexible work arrangements for workers with family responsibilities as well as nursing support in the workplace. Canada’s overall GCPI score is 6.47, placing it in the middle of the “Maturing” Protections band.
Australia Country Report and Technical Report. Country score: 6.97. Download country and technical report here.
Report summary: Australia has comprehensive laws and social security mechanisms to protect caregivers and careworkers. Its generous social welfare programs and care infrastructures benefit most paid domestic workers and unpaid family caregivers. However, there is a lack of formal recognition of and public information on paid domestic work. This oversight extends to national regulations on fair employment processes and decent work conditions for domestic workers. As a result, Australia ranks much higher on Sub-Index A than Sub-Index B. With a total of 6.72, Australia is rated as “Maturing” on the Global Care Policy Index.
Colombia Country and Technical Report. Overall Score: 5.70. Download country and technical reports here.
Colombia’s labor law and social security system offers a robust foundation for comprehensive care protection policies for family caregivers and domestic workers. However, the system does not cover the informal sector, therefore leaving out more than half of the country’s working population from receiving care-related benefits. Colombia’s policy regime for caregivers and careworkers is rated as “Maturing” under the Global Care Policy Index (GCPI).
Malaysia Country Report and Technical Report. Overall score: 3.65. Download country and technical report here.
Report summary: Malaysia scored poorly on the GCPI, with very limited protections for Family Caregivers as well as Domestic Workers. In particular, Malaysia’s main employment act has poor coverage, lacks paternity and dependent care leave policies, and actively excludes DWs from several sections of the employment act that govern important employment policies such as wages and sick leave. Its overall score of 3.65 falls in the middle of the Emerging” band on the GCPI.
Singapore Country Report and Technical Report. Overall score: 5.48. Download country and technical report here.
Report summary: Singapore’s Employment Act and social security provisions offer benefits
for Singaporean families with childcare responsibilities, however the country lacks family-friendly workplace policies. Meanwhile, paid domestic workers (who are a support pillar for many Singapore households) face less favorable working and living conditions.
As such, Singapore’s policy regime for caregivers and careworkers is rated on the low end of the “Maturing” band under the Global Care Policy Index (GCPI).