The Fairwork project evaluates the working conditions offered by digital platforms against a number of “fair work principles”. These principles were first developed in 2018 through a series of workshops organised at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), involving a range of stakeholders that included workers, platforms, unions and policy-makers.
Fairwork is committed to highlighting best and worst labour practices in the platform economy. The project goal is to show that better, and fairer, jobs are possible in the platform economy. The Fairwork project is based at the Oxford Internet Institute and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre. Through a global network of researchers, the project evaluates the working conditions of digital platforms and rank them based on five principles of fair work. The Fairwork project is currently operating in more than 20 countries across 5 continents.
The Fairwork Team at Humboldt University, represented by Manuela Bojadzijev, Moritz Altenried, Mira Wallis, Valentin Niebler, Stefania Animento as well as student assistants Tiziana Ratcheva, Philipp Staab and Daniel Jarczyk has a focus on migration and the gig economy and is in charge of organising an international Fairwork Winter School at TU Berlin.