The downside of globalization is commonly experienced through the world of work – poor wages and working conditions, unemployment, underemployment, forced labour, child labour, sweat factories, diminished or no social protection, restrictions on organizing, and the list goes on. Today, realizing decent work for all – promoting opportunities for work in ways that respect human dignity and in the context of each society – is an imperative in restoring balance and bringing human values to bear on policy choices. When Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, and I met in 2010, we both felt that our organizations should engage in a common journey based on the conviction and knowledge that peace, social justice and the world of work were intertwined. This handbook is the very first outcome of that encounter. We were delighted when our project was reinforced with the participation of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. Spirituality and values are essential in the quest for a fair globalization. This handbook demonstrates that in different religions and spiritual traditions there is great convergence of values on the subject of work. Human dignity, solidarity and above all the connection between work, social justice and peace put us on common ground. There is much to inspire and guide future action. This handbook is a first step. I see much scope for future collaboration to expedite the dawn of a new era of social justice drawing on our shared values.