Evolution and Equality
The International Labour Organization (ILO) and QUO have worked closely together to bring many important topics to the attention of governments, employer and employee organizations, and civil society and non-governmental organizations. This includes early work on ILO projects in Cambodia, visual identity and video work the Asian Decent Work Decade, and, more recently, the ILO exhibition for the Asia Regional meeting.
Automation in ASEAN
In 2016, QUO worked with ILO on a series of reports seeking to answer the question: Will machines cause mass unemployment in ASEAN? This series, collectively entitled ASEAN in Transformation, incorporated findings from 6,800+ surveys, 330+ interviews, 13 company site visits and six expert consultations to identify which ASEAN occupations and sectors are at the highest and lowest risks of automation, and to address the challenges and opportunities facing five prominent sectors.
Helping to coordinate the project’s rigour and breadth, QUO took on design and editorial responsibilities to establish a unique visual identity and to clearly communicate a sense of urgency to non-specialised readers. In addition to the full report, QUO developed a series of relevant infographics and a high-impact presentation for use in workshops, symposiums and conferences.
Women in Management
Evidence shows that gender diversity at decision-making levels of business improves organizational performance and increases profitability. Yet as the level of management increases, the share of women’s employment decreases. Why is it that women are not reaching top-level positions despite their proven ability and effectiveness?
QUO and ILO worked together to create a clear and simple executive summary, an infographic diagram, and an informative and punchy animated video for social media that presents the situation and the issues women are facing that prevent them from reaching their potential. The video makes use of dynamic and colourful animation, keeping it engaging and approachable while discussing this complex topic.
Fragile Zones and the Private Sector
During times of war and natural disasters, how can actors minimise destruction, maintain normalcy and restore economies? To answer this question, ILO commissioned several studies on ‘fragile zones’, examining the role of employers and business membership organisations in peacekeeping and recovery projects, focusing on numerous countries across Southeast Asia.
QUO was commissioned to prepare a master report and three standalone reports on Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Myanmar. The reports convey the ILO’s key messages, which emphasise peace, resilience and healing. Blueprint visuals were used to convey an ethos of progress and construction, and silhouettes of humans from all walks of life were used to highlight the imperative of peaceful cooperation for all.
Protecting the Planet
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) works to improve the interface between science and policy on issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services. QUO worked with IPBES to develop their visual identity, and continues to work with them to create materials to communicate the importance of safeguarding our planet and its inhabitants.
An impactful identity
For the the visual identity, QUO developed a series of four motifs to be used in combination with the IPBES logo. These included a fingerprint representing the impact and interaction of biodiversity and humankind, and three additional motifs representing the levels that IPBES addresses in its work: ecosystems, species and genetics.
The IPBES visual identity was very well received by IPBES stakeholders and partners and continues to be successfully used for IPBES events and collateral, including for backdrops, banners, posters and publications.
Assessing the situation
Other projects include the layout of various reports and the production of a series of videos that give an overview of various sectors and strategies being employed by IPBES to highlight key findings and to inform decision-makers about the challenges facing the world today as well as the recommended evidence-backed responses they can take to negate them.
One of the IPBES Work Programme’s major objectives is to produce assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services at the global and regional levels, as well as assessments addressing relevant thematic issues. To this end, QUO worked with IPBES on the IPBES Assessment Guide, which includes a diagram outlining the steps in the process of producing an assessment, from the selection of the topic and team of experts, through to peer reviews and revisions, and finally to the Plenary’s approval.
Policy in motion
Global reach on a global scale
QUO recently completed a number of videos for the launch of the Global Assessment report. These included animated videos for social media, as well as a selection of high-quality images and video clips to be used to present the report’s findings.
Global response to the assessment was overwhelming, with support from multiple governments, UN agencies and experts in the field. The social media response was exceptionally strong, with one of QUO’s animated videos accruing just under 500,000 views on Twitter alone within the space of two days through multiple uploads and shares from various organisations and actors around the world.