In today’s hyperconnected world, decisions made by companies and their workers can have major effects on communities at home and around the globe.Learn More
Tech workers have been on the forefront of employee activism in recent years. Despite progress, issues with privacy, content moderation and an excessive focus on user engagement still plague the industry.Read More
What are the biggest issues facing companies across industries that workers can do something about? How's your company faring? Learn about your companies' role in relation to climate change, human rights and more.Read More
Finance powers the entire economy, and financial institutions have major influence over how companies act and what projects get financed. It's time they started aligning that influence with the common good.Read More
The fate of communities around the world are shaped in part by the choices energy companies make. Climate change, environmental degradation, human rights impacts - energy companies have work to do.Read More
In delivering the food, clothes and gadgets that people want and need, companies need to do better to address the impacts of fast fashion, food waste and problematic supply chains.Read More
Many workers join the healthcare industry to help make the world a healthier place. Yet practices must change to improve access to medicine - especially among the world's poorest.Read More
Workers have already successfully pushed for changes at the companies they work for.
From reducing emissions to dropping problematic clients, workers from places as different as Google and Walmart have played a crucial role in making their companies better.Read More
If you already know what you'd like to change at your company, what next?
Learn about finding other colleagues to join you, getting the support of external stakeholders, and knowing if and when it's time to go public with your concerns.Read More
Absolutely, though it might not be easy. When workers come together around an issue, they can exert a unique kind of pressure - they often care about their company’s mission and have a deep understanding of its challenges. They can also work with other groups seeking change, such as customers or investors. Check out these success stories from workers for some inspiration.
Workers should be aware of their rights (and the limits of those rights). Unfortunately in many countries, protections for labour organising are weak; workers should go in with their eyes open.
Workers need to balance what’s realistic with what’s impactful. Workers may have quicker success pushing for improved workplace recycling, but influencing your company’s relationships with polluting companies might ultimately have a greater result for the environment. Similarly, while companies may be persuaded to make political statements, efforts may be better spent on getting the company to address its own impacts.
The “What to change” section of this website sets out a number of key issues that cut across companies as well as some sector-specific challenges. These are a starting point to help you think about the biggest changes you can make. These focus on concrete changes that workers can ask for over the political statements that sometimes are a source of heated discussions within companies. Ultimately, addressing core, problematic business practices are more likely to positively impact society than empty corporate statements.
Low wages, precarious working conditions, inequality at staggering levels - clearly there is so much left to do in improving worker welfare. This is why we need a more supportive regulatory environment for workers, and higher and better union representation as a priority.
Yet worker welfare is not solely a result of their working conditions. The consequences of a changing climate, high drug prices, corporate money in politics - these all affect workers too, and yet there is little support for workers who want to use their influence to improve these issues. That’s why Honest Work has been set up.
Honest Work has been founded on the belief that workers can transform the companies they work for to help solve society’s problems. Here you can:
We're building a community of workers across companies and sectors who can share tips and support each other - join them!