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New rating system highlights best and worst digital platforms for workers’ conditions

University of Oxford academics have published the world’s first ever rating system for working conditions in the digital economy.

The rankings look at how platforms like Uber, Taxify, and Ola perform against five standards – fair work, fair conditions, fair contracts, fair management, and fair representation. These include whether a company pays the minimum wage and ensures the health and safety of its workers.

Professor Mark Graham, Professor of Internet Geography at the University of Oxford, said:

“The Fairwork rating system shines a light on best and worst practice in the platform economy. This is an area in which for […]

By |2019-03-22T17:02:46+00:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Launching the five principles of fair work

We have launched a revised list of five principles for the Fairwork Foundation. Through continued consultation and collaboration with stakeholders, as well as beginning the ranking process in each country, we have decided to revise the nine principles into a more coherent five. This allows the principles to align closely with the forthcoming ranking criteria, while also reflecting the relative importance of each criteria to the improvement of fairness.

The nine original principles included: Pay, Conditions, Contracts, Equality, Management, Communication, Accountability, Use of Data, and Representation. These have been condensed into five principles of: Pay, Conditions, Contracts, Governance, […]

By |2018-10-05T15:56:51+01:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

South Africa and India Stakeholder Meetings

We hosted two in-country stakeholder meetings for the Fairwork project in July. These meetings were the first part of operationalising the principles for fair platform work that were established at the previous meetings at the ILO and UNCTAD in Geneva in April.


On the 2nd of July, we jointly hosted a workshop ‘Towards Fair Platform Work’ in Johannesburg with Research ICT Africa. This interactive session brought together stakeholders to explore the challenges of fair work, discussing the nine principles and how they could be translated into criteria for assessing platform in […]

By |2018-07-17T13:31:54+01:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Call for participation in rating the Fairwork Principles

There are now over seven million digital ‘platform workers’ that live all over the world, doing work that is outsourced via platforms or apps in the gig economy. Lacking the ability to collectively bargain, platform workers have little ability to negotiate wages and working conditions with their employers who are often on the other side of the world.  To respond to that, we are building a ‘Fairwork Foundation’: an organisation that will collaboratively develop principles for fair work to raise standards across the platform economy.

We have begun the process of consultation with key stakeholders, including governments, platform operators, […]

By |2018-07-17T11:35:17+01:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Fairwork Foundation Stakeholder Meetings

We recently hosted two stakeholder meetings for the Fairwork project. The first was a two-part meeting in Geneva to engage with key stakeholders for the Fairwork project. The second was an event hosted at the re:publica conference in Berlin. These were important steps towards establishing the ‘Fairwork Foundation’, ensuring that we are able to certify platforms by collaboratively engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Before the meetings, we invited contributions via an online form. These inputs were collated, discussed, and augmented at two meetings with stakeholders representing workers, platforms, and policy makers at meetings in April.

The first […]

By |2018-07-17T11:34:14+01:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments