The gig economy is growing fast, but workers on these platforms often experience low pay, poor conditions, and a lack of job security.
Fairwork works in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and Latin America to rate gig economy platforms against five principles of decent work shows that fair and unfair working conditions are choices made by platforms rather than inevitable outcomes of platform work.
We are seeking to engage with organisations, whether current or potential users of platform labour, that would like to demonstrate their public commitment to fairer platform work.
- Organisations like universities, schools, businesses, and charities can make a difference by committing to use fairer platforms guided by our Fairwork principles and ratings.
- Local governments and administrations can support fairer platform work by introducing meaningful regulation that encourages minimum standards for platforms operating in their areas, or which are eligible for public funding.
- Socially responsible investors or rating agencies can help improve the working conditions of gig workers by making sure that they, or their clients, invest only in those platforms that offer better labour standards.
There may be further ways for you to support our efforts to contribute to a fairer future of platform work, demonstrate this support to the wider public, and create meaningful change that we can explore together!
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Learn more about the current Fairwork Partners and their commitments to fair platform work.
Learning Lions is a non-profit organisation providing young adults in impoverished rural areas of Eastern Africa with IT and media skills.
Learning Lions have committed to include the Fairwork Cloudwork ratings in their academy curricula for their trainees so that they can understand the differences in working conditions between online labour platforms and guide their decision on which platforms they want to work for in the future.
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
The WZB is one of Germany’s leading research institutions in the field of Social Sciences employing around 200 scientists and about 150 administrative staff members. The WZB also hosts the Fairwork Secretariat. As a Fairwork partner, the WZB has made the Fairwork principles and ratings a criterion in the procurement process for contracting services via digital platforms. When employees want to use digital platforms – e.g. for services such as data entry, data cleaning, filling out surveys, transcriptions, translations or proof-reading – they are now required to take the Fairwork ratings into account and to choose, where possible, a platform that fulfils at least the minimum standards of fair work as set out by the Fairwork Principles.
Meatspace Press is an independent publisher that focuses on digital technology, labour and society. As Fairwork Partner, Meatspace Press has committed to consulting Fairwork Scores when hiring outside experts, consultants, and service providers through digital labour platforms and to choose better rating platforms, where available.
Solidarity Centre AFL-CIO
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job, widespread democracy and greater equity at work and in their community. Allied with the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty—to achieve shared prosperity in the global economy.
Labor Tech Research Network
Labor Tech Research Network is an interdisciplinary and transnational group of experts concerned with technology and work. They are committed to sustained reflection and action on the promise and perils of technological developments, especially as they impact the workplace.
Labor Tech Research Network promotes scholar-activists, offer resources for social justice activities, and create a home for critical scholarship.
As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ is dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world.
GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security.
Internet Bolivia Foundation
The Internet Bolivia Foundation promotes digital rights and digital inclusion in Bolivia by implementing projects to advocate for better public policies, helping to develop the skills of different groups (most of which are vulnerable populations) and doing evidence-based research.
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) was founded in 2011 to research the development of the internet from a societal perspective and better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life. As the first institute in Germany with a focus on internet and society, HIIG has established an understanding that centres on the deep interconnectedness of digital innovations and societal processes. The development of technology reflects norms, values and networks of interests, and conversely, technologies, once established, influence social values.
Social Justice Platform
Social Justice Platform is an independent research collective and collaborative learning space for action-oriented researchers interested in social justice issues. The platform includes a diverse team of researchers from the fields of economics, political science, sociology, mathematics, history, and anthropology from both academic and practical backgrounds. The platform encourages researchers to share experiences and methodologies, and to forge their interests within an interdisciplinary framework enjoying the full academic freedom it provides.
Deutscher Verband der freien Übersetzer und Dolmetscher e. V.
The DVÜD e. V. represents the interests of professional translators and interpreters in Germany.
Their aim is the greater recognition of the two professions, which require the highest levels of competence and education, but are not protected by any regulations.
The DVÜD thus lobbies on behalf of the industry, and aims to ensure that the business community in Germany is conscious of the significance of translation and interpretation.
The Jobtech Alliance is an ecosystem-building initiative around inclusive jobtech in Africa launched in late 2021. We’re interested in digital platforms which connect people to work opportunities that build livelihoods – this includes gigmatching platforms, jobmatching, e-commerce marketplaces, and more. The Jobtech Alliance helps jobtech platforms to grow and create more jobs.
Oxford Internet Institute
The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet. Since its founding in 2001, research from the OII has had a significant impact on policy debate, formulation and implementation around the globe, as well as a secondary impact on people’s wellbeing, safety and understanding. Drawing on many different disciplines, the OII takes a combined approach to tackling society’s big questions, with the aim of positively shaping the development of the digital world for the public good. By signing the pledge, the Oxford Internet Institute has committed to integrating Fairwork principles in their operations.
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